Synonyms of stiff in English:

stiff


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adjective

1‘a sheet of stiff black cardboard’

SYNONYMS

rigid, hard, firm, hardened, inelastic, non-flexible, inflexible, ungiving

rare impliable, unmalleable

ANTONYMS

flexible, plastic, limp

2‘mix to a stiff paste’

SYNONYMS

semi-solid, viscous, viscid, thick, stiffened

firm, compact, dense

rare viscoid

ANTONYMS

runny

3‘her muscles were stiff’

SYNONYMS

aching, achy, painful

arthritic, rheumatic

taut, tight

informal creaky, rheumaticky, rusty

archaic stark

ANTONYMS

supple, limber

4‘she greeted him with stiff politeness’

SYNONYMS

formal, reserved, unfriendly, chilly, cold, frigid, icy, austere, unrelaxed, brittle, stand-offish, wooden, forced, constrained, strained, stilted

prim, punctilious, stuffy

informal starchy, uptight

ANTONYMS

relaxed, informal

5‘they face stiff fines and a possible jail sentence’

SYNONYMS

harsh, severe, hard, punitive, punishing, stringent, swingeing, crippling, rigorous, drastic, strong, heavy, draconian

ANTONYMS

lenient, mild

6‘the army had put up a stiff resistance’

SYNONYMS

vigorous, determined, full of determination, strong, spirited, resolute, tenacious, steely, four-square, unflagging, unyielding, dogged, stubborn, obdurate

North American rock-ribbed

ANTONYMS

half-hearted

7‘a long, stiff climb up the bare hillside’

SYNONYMS

difficult, hard, arduous, tough, strenuous, laborious, uphill, exacting, demanding, formidable, challenging, punishing, back-breaking, gruelling, Herculean

tiring, fatiguing, exhausting

informal killing, hellish

British informal knackering

archaic toilsome

ANTONYMS

easy

8‘a stiff breeze’

SYNONYMS

strong, vigorous, powerful, brisk, fresh, gusty

howling

ANTONYMS

gentle

9‘you need a stiff drink’

SYNONYMS

strong, potent, alcoholic, spirituous, intoxicant

ANTONYMS

weak