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stiff

See definition of stiff on Dictionary.com
  • adj.hard, inflexible
  • adj.formal, standoffish
  • adj.difficult
  • adj.extreme, severe

synonyms for stiff

  • arthritic
  • creaky
  • rigid
  • solid
  • stark
  • tense
  • thick
  • tight
  • wooden
  • brittle
  • buckram
  • firm
  • refractory
  • rheumatic
  • set
  • annealed
  • benumbed
  • cemented
  • chilled
  • congealed
  • contracted
  • fixed
  • frozen
  • graceless
  • hardened
  • immalleable
  • impliable
  • incompliant
  • indurate
  • inelastic
  • mechanical
  • numbed
  • ossified
  • petrified
  • resistant
  • solidified
  • starched
  • starchy
  • steely
  • stiff as a board
  • stony
  • taut
  • unbending
  • unflexible
  • ungraceful
  • unsupple
  • unyielding
See also synonyms for: stiffed / stiffing / stiffs
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antonyms for stiff

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  • bending
  • flexible
  • loose
  • pliable
  • slack
  • soft
  • indefinite
  • supple
  • calm
  • casual
  • easy
  • graceful
  • informal
  • moderate
  • normal
  • pliant
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How to use stiff in a sentence

The new law will require shell companies to provide the names of their owners or face stiff penalties and jail sentences.
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Opt to power such skis with a stiffer freetour boot, and you might be able to squeeze out a bit more downhill performance.
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The controversy over trigger pointsYou may refer to them as knots, but those tender, stiff, and often painful areas you most likely have on your shoulders, neck, and back are technically known as trigger points.
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For the first time, shell companies will be required to provide the names of their owners or face stiff penalties and jail sentences.
A QUIETLY PASSED LAW CRACKS DOWN ON SHELL COMPANIES TO COMBAT CORRUPTIONRACHEL SCHALLOMJANUARY 10, 2021FORTUNE
Social video platforms’ contest for creatorsIn the same way that Netflix faces its stiffest competition yet in 2021, so does YouTube.
HERE ARE THE FIVE MAJOR FORCES AND TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF TV IN 2021TIM PETERSONJANUARY 6, 2021DIGIDAY
Another was in a Launch with little plastic tubes rammed into the midsole to make the inner side of the shoe stiffer.
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Powell injected some juice into the entire offense at the end of the catch as he hit Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade with a nasty stiff arm along the sideline.
JUSTIN FIELDS OUTDUELS TREVOR LAWRENCE AS OHIO STATE UPSETS CLEMSON IN PLAYOFF SEMIFINALEMILY GIAMBALVO, KAREEM COPELANDJANUARY 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Concerns over that limited range prevented her from airing down to appropriate off-road tire pressures, and the truck’s fancy air-suspension system became so stiff at extended ride heights that she broke suspension components.
FIVE OFF-ROAD VEHICLES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2021WES SILERJANUARY 1, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
Federal prosecutors wanted to make an example out of the man, who faces stiffer penalties under federal law.
SAN DIEGO SMART STREETLIGHTS ARE OFF, BUT THEY’RE STILL HELPING POLICEJESSE MARXDECEMBER 23, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
So Padilla can probably expect to face a stiff challenge for his seat from some of the state’s other ambitious Democrats.
CALIFORNIA’S NEW SENATOR WILL MAKE HISTORY. BUT CAN HE WIN A FULL TERM IN 2022?NATHANIEL RAKICH (NATHANIEL.RAKICH@FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM)DECEMBER 22, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
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WORDS RELATED TO STIFF

  • conservative
  • conventional
  • demure
  • genteel
  • priggish
  • prim
  • prissy
  • proper
  • puritanical
  • respectable
  • rigid
  • smug
  • square
  • starchy
  • stiff
  • straitlaced
  • stuffy
  • uptight
  • determined
  • firm
  • fixed
  • hard-nosed
  • immovable
  • inexorable
  • inflexible
  • insistent
  • intransigent
  • obdurate
  • pat
  • relentless
  • resolute
  • rigid
  • set
  • set in stone
  • stiff
  • stubborn
  • unbendable
  • unbending
  • uncompromising
  • unrelenting
  • unshakable
  • unswayable
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