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 Meanings and Examples of STIFF
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
stiff
 a.  not moving or operating freely; lacking ease in bending; resistant
Classic Sentence: (128 in 9 pages)
1  He felt cold and stiff and hungry, and ashamed of being hungry.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In VIII
2  Her face felt stiff as from pain and her mouth actually hurt from having stretched it, unwillingly, in smiles to prevent the twins from learning her secret.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER II
3  He dismounted with difficulty, because his knee was stiff, and, slipping the reins over his arm, stumped toward her.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER II
4  Of course, he can't walk far with his stiff knee, but he was all for riding away with us.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
5  Some lay stiff and still but many writhed under the hot sun, moaning.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
6  Gerald moved toward her, silent as a sleepwalker, his stiff leg dragging.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIV
7  The next morning Scarlett's body was so stiff and sore from the long miles of walking and jolting in the wagon that every movement was agony.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXV
8  And now there was not a trace of that girl in the stiff figure sitting on the mule.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
9  Women in stiff bright-colored silks strolled about long verandas, squired by men in evening clothes.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
10  They didn't care to talk about what their lives had been before they attained stiff brocades and victorias with fine teams of horses.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LX
11  Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 3
12  She sat modestly in a stiff chair, feeling frivolous and out of place.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
13  Vida had once beheld Raymie as a thin man with spectacles, mournful drawn-out face, and colorless stiff hair.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
14  With a rustle of starched linen skirts and stiff shirt-fronts, the congregation sat down, and gave heed to the Reverend Mr. Zitterel.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVIII
15  They had seemed stiff and undetailed, but now there strode from them a personality, a personality unlike that of the languishing young man in the velvet jacket playing a dummy piano in a canvas room.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
Example Sentence: (16 in 2 pages)
1  I felt stiff after a long walk.
2  A stiff breeze made the sails bag out.
3  It was a stiff climb to the top of the hill.
4  Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
5  The outer walls looked likely to tumble down in a stiff wind.
6  We won the contract in the face of stiff competition.
7  I eased my stiff limbs into the hot bath.
8  She lay stiff and still beside him.
9  Linseed oil will soften stiff leather.
10  The cards were made of stiff paper.
11  The soldier stood stiff as a ramrod.
12  No one doubts, though, the competition will remain stiff indeed.
13  I beg your pardon, it is the literal truth: he asked me more than once, and was as stiff about urging his point as ever you could be.
14  In Spaceballs, we see Rick Moranis burlesque Darth Vader of Star Wars, outrageously parodying Vader's stiff walk and hollow voice.
15  Each platelet is only a few millionths of a metre across, it consists of a sheet of stiff cellulose fibres; although the fibres are minute, they are strong.