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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 stiff /ˈstɪf/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 stiff /ˈstɪf/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Stiff a. [Compar. Stiffer superl. Stiffest.]
 1. Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints.
 [They] rising on stiff pennons, tower
 The mid aerial sky.   --Milton.
 2. Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
 3. Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
 4. Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary.
    It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument.   --Jer. Taylor.
 A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause,
 Stiff to defend their hospitable laws.   --Dryden.
 5. Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style.
    The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff, ceremonious, and reserved.   --Addison.
 6. Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear. [Obs. or Colloq.] “This is stiff news.”
 7. Naut. Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to crank.
 8. Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price. [Slang]
 Stiff neck, a condition of the neck such that the head can not be moved without difficulty and pain.
 Syn: -- Rigid; inflexible; strong; hardly; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; harsh; formal; constrained; affected; starched; rigorous.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: lacking ease in bending; not limber; "a stiff neck"; "stiff
             joints"; "stiff hairs"
      2: not moving or operating freely; "a stiff hinge"
      3: powerful; "a stiff current"; "a stiff breeze"; "a stiff
      4: rigidly formal; "a starchy manner"; "the letter was stiff
         and formal"; "his prose has a buckram quality" [syn: starchy,
      5: hard to overcome or surmount; "a stiff hike"; "a stiff
         exam"; "an uphill battle against a popular incumbant"
         [syn: uphill]
      6: of a collar; standing up rather than folded down; "an
         uncomfortable standup collar"; "a stiff collar" [syn: stand-up]
      7: incapable of or resistant to bending; "a rigid strip of
         metal"; "a table made of rigid plastic"; "a palace
         guardsman stiff as a poker" [syn: rigid]
      8: very drunk [syn: besotted, blind drunk, blotto, crocked,
          cockeyed, fuddled, loaded, pie-eyed, pissed, pixilated,
          plastered, potty, slopped, sloshed, smashed, soaked,
          soused, sozzled, squiffy, tiddly, tiddley, tight,
          tipsy, wet]
      n 1: an ordinary man; "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"
      2: the dead body of a human being [syn: cadaver, corpse, clay,
      adv 1: extremely; "bored stiff"; "frightened stiff"
      2: in a stiff manner; "his hands lay stiffly" [syn: stiffly]