stiff adj.

1 difficult to bend/move

VERBS be, feel, lie, look, sit, stand She lay stiff and still beside him. | become, get, go My trousers were getting stiff with mud. My fingers had gone stiff with cold.

ADV. very | a bit, fairly, quite, rather

PREP. with The clothes were stiff with dust and grease.

2 having sore muscles

VERBS be, feel He felt stiff all over. | become, get, go You'll get stiff if you don't have a hot bath. | leave sb, make sb All that digging made me really stiff.

ADV. really, very | all My arm's gone all stiff. | a bit, a little, rather

PREP. from stiff from kneeling

3 strong/severe

VERBS be, seem Their punishment seemed rather stiff.

ADV. very in the face of some very stiff competition | a bit, fairly, quite, rather

4 not friendly or relaxed

VERBS be, look, seem, sound She was aware that her words sounded stiff. | become

ADV. very | a bit, a little, rather, slightly, somewhat His manner seemed rather stiff and impersonal.