Stiffness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈstɪfnəs|  American pronunciation of the word stiffness
Brit.  |ˈstɪfnəs|  British pronunciation of the word stiffness

noun

- the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend
- the property of moving with pain or difficulty

he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck

- firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action

a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity

- the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment) (syn: awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness)
- excessive sternness (syn: hardness, harshness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity)

Examples

he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck

a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity

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