stiff

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. rigid, inflexible, firm, non-fluid; strong, brisk; difficult, hard; severe, excessive; formal, unreserved; awkward, stilted. See hardness, severity, affectation, inelegance, restraint, pride.Ant., flexible, pliant.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Not easily bent]
Syn. solid, rigid, congealed, petrified, ossified, firm, tense, unyielding, inflexible, inelastic, hard, hardened, starched, annealed, cemented, stony, starchy, taut, contracted, thick, indurate, stubborn, obstinate, pertinacious, numb, unbending, thickened, wooden, steely, frozen, solidified, chilled, benumbed, refractory.
Ant. flexible*, softened, soft.
2. [Formal]
Syn. ungainly, ungraceful, unnatural; see awkward .
3. [Severe]
Syn. rigorous, exact, strict; see severe 1 , 2 .
4. [Obstinate]
Syn. stubborn, inflexible, headstrong; see obstinate 1 .
5. [Potent]
Syn. hard, potent, powerful; see strong 8 .
6. [*Difficult]
Syn. arduous, hard, laborious; see difficult 1 .
See Synonym Study at firm .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. rigid inflexible, unyielding, unbending, hard, firm, rock-solid, inelastic, impliable, tight, taut, *stiff as a board.
2. tight sore, not limber, cold, arthritic.
3. thick dense, solidified, firm, viscous.
4. strong powerful, potent, intense, brisk, vigorous.
5. harsh severe, punitive, merciless, tough, stringent, extreme, sharp.
6. formal, awkward wooden, forced, unnatural, labored, self-conscious, *uptight, constrained, prim.
7. difficult formidable, hard, challenging, laborious, heavy, trying, complicated.
ANT.: 1. soft, flexible, yielding, pliable. 2. loose, limber, warmed-up. 3. thin, loose, watery. 4. gentle, mild. 5. soft, easy, merciful. 6. relaxed, *folksy, spontaneous, warm. 7. easy, simple, unchallenging
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Not changing shape or bending: inelastic, inflexible, rigid, unbending, unyielding. See FLEXIBLE. 2. Stretched tightly: taut, tense, tight. See TIGHTEN. 3. So rigidly constrained, formal, or awkward as to lack all grace and spontaneity: buckram, starchy, stilted, wooden. See FLEXIBLE. 4. Indicating or possessing determination, resolution, or persistence: constant, determined, firm1, resolute, steadfast, steady, tough, unbending, uncompromising, unflinching, unwavering, unyielding. See PURPOSE. 5. Having a high concentration of the distinguishing ingredient: concentrated, potent, strong. See STRONG. 6. Vastly exceeding a normal limit, as in cost: sky-high, steep1, stratospheric, unconscionable. See BIG, USUAL. II noun 1. Slang. The physical frame of a dead person or animal: body, cadaver, carcass, corpse, remains. See BODY. 2. Slang. A person who is habitually drunk: drunk, drunkard, inebriate, sot, tippler. Slang: booze-hound, boozer, lush2, rummy1, soak, souse, sponge. See DRUGS. 3. Slang. A stingy person: 958 miser, niggard, Scrooge, skinflint. Informal: penny pincher. Slang: cheapskate, tightwad. See GIVE.

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