1not easily bent or changed in shape; rigid:a stiff black collar stiff cardboard (of a semi-liquid substance) viscous; thick:add wheat until the mixture is quite stiff not moving as freely as is usual or desirable; difficult to turn or operate:a stiff drawer the shower tap is a little stiff (of a person or part of the body) unable to move easily and without pain:he was stiff from sitting on the desk a stiff back (of a person or their manner) not relaxed or friendly; constrained:she greeted him with stiff politeness 2severe or strong:they face stiff fines and a possible jail sentence a stiff increase in taxes (of a wind) blowing strongly:a stiff breeze stirring the lake requiring strength or effort; difficult:a long stiff climb up the bare hillside (of an alcoholic drink) strong:a stiff measure of brandy 3
) informal full of:the place is stiff with alarm systems
) informal having a specified unpleasant feeling to an extreme extent:she was scared stiff I was bored stiff with my project
chiefly North American a boring, conventional person:ordinary working stiffs in respectable offices
) British a sports club’s reserve team.
1North American cheat (someone) out of something, especially money: several workers were stiffed out of their pay fail to leave (someone) a tip. 2North American ignore (someone) deliberately; snub: the stars are notorious for stiffing their hosts and sponsors at banquets
3kill (someone):the girl was found stiffed in an air-conditioning duct [no object] (of a commercial venture or product) be unsuccessful:as soon as he began singing about the wife and kids, his albums stiffed