Stiff things don’t bend or move easily. Dead bodies and tree branches are often stiff, and your back might feel stiff if you sit for too long. But to stiff the wait staff is to skip the tip. Bad idea.

If a doorknob is stiff, it won't turn smoothly, and if the smile on your face is stiff, it’s frozen and unnatural looking. When a person is stiff, they are artificial and unrelaxed — unless they're "scared stiff" or "bored stiff." A regular guy is a working stiff. Another colloquial meaning of stiff is "to underpay, or to cheat.” Also, a stiff drink has a lot of alcohol. A dead body is sometimes called a stiff, but it’s rude.

Definitions of stiff
  1. adjective
    incapable of or resistant to bending
    “a palace guardsman stiff as a poker”
    stiff hair”
    “a stiff neck”
    synonyms: rigid
    resistant to being bent
  2. adjective
    not moving or operating freely
    “a stiff hinge”
    not capable of movement or of being moved
  3. adjective
    rigidly formal
    “the letter was stiff and formal”
    synonyms: buckram, starchy
    being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
  4. adjective
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    synonyms: firm, steadfast, steady, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
  5. adverb
    in a stiff manner
    synonyms: stiffly
  6. adjective
    “a stiff current”
    “a stiff breeze”
    having strength or power greater than average or expected
  7. adjective
    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    synonyms: potent, strong
    effective, effectual, efficacious
    producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
    capable of reproducing
    having equal strength or efficacy
    able to many things
    having great power or force or potency or effect
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    lacking power or ability
    infertile, sterile, unfertile
    incapable of reproducing
    ineffective, ineffectual, unable
    lacking in power or forcefulness
    lacking physical strength or vigor
    lacking power
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  8. noun
    the dead body of a human being
    “the murderer confessed that he threw the stiff in the river”
    synonyms: cadaver, clay, corpse, remains
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    the remains of a dead body after cremation
    type of:
    body, dead body
    a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person
  9. noun
    an ordinary man
    “a lucky stiff
    “a working stiff
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    type of:
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  10. adverb
    “bored stiff
    “frightened stiff
  11. adjective
    very drunk
    synonyms: cockeyed
    drunk, inebriated, intoxicated
    stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
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