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)
Origin: OE. Stif, AS. Stif; akin to D. Stijf, G. Steif, Dan. Stiv, Sw. Styf, Icel. Stifr, Lith. Stipti to be stiff; cf. L. Stipes a post, trunk of a tree, stipare to press, compress. Cf. Costive, Stifle, Stipulate, Stive to stuff.
(01 Mar 1998)
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