Pronunciation: (stif),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —n., adv., v.
—adj. 1. rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex: a stiff collar. 2. not moving or working easily: The motor was a little stiff from the cold weather. 3. (of a person or animal) not supple; moving with difficulty, as from cold, age, exhaustion, or injury.
4. strong; forceful; powerful: stiff winds; The fighter threw a stiff right to his opponent's jaw. 5. strong or potent to the taste or system, as a beverage or medicine: He was cold and wanted a good stiff drink. 6. resolute; firm in purpose; unyielding; stubborn.
7. stubbornly continued: a stiff battle. 8. firm against any tendency to decrease, as stock-market prices.
9. rigidly formal; cold and unfriendly, as people, manners, or proceedings.
10. lacking ease and grace; awkward: a stiff style of writing. 11. excessively regular or formal, as a design; not graceful in form or arrangement.
12. laborious or difficult, as a task.
13. severe or harsh, as a penalty or demand.
14. excessive; unusually high or great: $50 is pretty stiff to pay for that. 15. firm from tension; taut: to keep a stiff rein. 16. relatively firm in consistency, as semisolid matter; thick: a stiff jelly; a stiff batter. 17. dense or compact; not friable: stiff soil. 18. Naut.(of a vessel) having a high resistance to rolling; stable (opposed to crank).
19. Scot. and North Eng.sturdy, stout, or strongly built.
20. Australian Slang.out of luck; unfortunate.
—n. 1. Slang. a. a dead body; corpse.
b. a formal or priggish person.
c. a poor tipper; tightwad.
d. a drunk.
2. Slang. a. a fellow: lucky stiff; poor stiff. b. a tramp; hobo.
c. a laborer.
3. Slang. a. a forged check.
b. a promissory note or bill of exchange.
c. a letter or note, esp. if secret or smuggled.
4. Slang.a contestant, esp. a racehorse, sure to lose.
—adv. 1. in or to a firm or rigid state: The wet shirt was frozen stiff. 2. completely, intensely, or extremely: I'm bored stiff by these lectures. We're scared stiff.
—v.t. 1. Slang.to fail or refuse to tip (a waiter, porter, etc.).
2. Slang.to cheat; gyp; do out of: The company stiffed me out of a week's pay.