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Etymology

Old English stīf, from Proto-Germanic *stifaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stīpos ( compare [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] stipare).

Pronunciation

Adjective

stiff (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
stiff

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.
  3. Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.
  4. (colloquial) Harsh, severe.
    He was eventually caught, and given a stiff fine.
  5. Of muscles, or parts of the body, painful, as a result of excessive, or unaccustomed exercise.
    My legs are stiff after climbing that hill yesterday.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
stiff

Plural
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stiff ({{{1}}})
  1. An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working stiff or lucky stiff.
    A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.
  2. A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.
    She convinced the stiff to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.
  3. (slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
  4. (US) A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.

See also

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to stiff

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to stiff (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To fail to pay that which one owes (implicitly or explicitly) to another, especially by departing hastily.
    Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.
    • 1946, William Foote Whyte, Industry and Society, page 129
      We asked one girl to explain how she felt when she was "stiffed." She said, You think of all the work you've done and how you've tried to please [them…].
    • 1992, Stephen Birmingham, Shades of Fortune, page 451
      You see, poor Nonie really was stiffed by Adolph in his will. He really stiffed her, Rose, and I really wanted to right that wrong.
    • 2007, Mary Higgins Clark, I Heard That Song Before, page 154
      Then he stiffed the waiter with a cheap tip.

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