Definition of 'stiff'
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Example sentences containing 'stiff'
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Add enough milk to make the mixture a fairly stiff consistency. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Is your neck stiff and sore in the morning? Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)This stiffer track should suit him better. The Sun (2015)But there are people who are scared stiff of the idea of dying. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They were definitely in need of a stiff drink or two. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But he has stiff competition from the other two finalists. The Sun (2013)And we have got some pretty stiff fighting coming. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This return to a stiff six furlongs looks sure to suit and he is much respected. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This will sell and sell or stiff completely. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This outfit would be the underdog to a stiff breeze. Times, Sunday Times (2006)This stiffer test is sure to suit. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He can play a part but the stiff climb could find him out. The Sun (2008)After long matches my back was getting extremely stiff. The Sun (2015)My knee has swollen up and it is a bit stiff. The Sun (2009)He just complained of a stiff neck. The Sun (2008)This stiff track and easy ground will play to his strengths. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But she was four and scared stiff. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She was found out when tackling stiff opposition but is bred to like the return to this surface. The Sun (2012)Whisk the cream until fairly stiff. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Yes only two came to grief but there have been years when that has happened before when the fences were much stiffer. The Sun (2013)The students and them had hard work to get them out, being so stiff and cold. Scottish Voices 1745-1960 (1990)It doesn't mean you have to be formal and stiff. Christianity Today (2000)He will need to be more fluent than usual over these stiff fences if he is to be competitive and that is far from guaranteed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was like a dancing Lego man - stiff and awkward. The Sun (2010)
Synonyms of 'stiff'
unsupple, arthritic, creaky, rheumaticky
Trends of 'stiff'
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Translations for 'stiff'
British English: stiff /stɪf/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is stiff is firm and does not bend easily.
Her shoes had a stiff leather bow on top.
- American English: stiff
- Arabic: جَامِد
- Brazilian Portuguese: rígido
- Chinese: 坚硬的
- Croatian: krut
- Czech: tuhý
- Danish: stiv
- Dutch: stijf
- European Spanish: rígido
- Finnish: jäykkä
- French: raide
- German: steif
- Greek: δύσκαμπτος
- Italian: rigido
- Japanese: 堅い
- Korean: 딱딱한
- Norwegian: stiv
- Polish: sztywny
- European Portuguese: rígido
- Romanian: rigid
- Russian: жесткий
- Spanish: tieso
- Swedish: stel
- Thai: แข็ง
- Turkish: katı kumaş vb
- Ukrainian: твердий
- Vietnamese: cứng
Definition of stiff from the Collins English Dictionary
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