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stiff

Pronunciation: /stɪf/

Translation of stiff in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 1 1.1 (rigid) [collar/bristles] duro; [fabric/leather] tieso, duro; [corpse] rígido; [muscles] entumecido, agarrotado to have a stiff neck tener* tortícolis
    Example sentences
    • He's wearing a white shirt with a stiff collar, black trousers with braces, and dancing shoes with leather spats.
    • The plans are in PDF format for easy printing and pasting onto stiff cardboard.
    • The duo have dispensed with plastic CD casings and fashioned their covers from stiff cardboard.
    Example sentences
    • ‘My body was very stiff at first especially because of my old age,’ Shen said.
    • A little into the morning saw all of us grimacing over our stiff bodies - the outcome of the previous day's water pursuits!
    • He was weak and his aching body was still stiff from the beating.
    1.2 (thick, firm) [paste/dough] consistente beat the egg whites until they are stiff bata las claras hasta que estén firmes the place was stiff with detectives/tourists (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] el sitio estaba plagado de detectives/turistas
    Example sentences
    • Mix together roughly four tablespoons of flour and one tablespoon of water with enough water to form a paste - a thick, stiff paste will give you a raised cross and a looser paste will give you a flat cross.
    • Whisk together the double and single cream until thick, but not stiff: this takes longer than usual because of the addition of the single cream.
    • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until thick and stiff.
  • 2 (hard, severe) [test/climb] difícil, duro; [resistance] férreo, tenaz; [penalty] fuerte, severo; [terms/conditions] duro; [breeze] fuerte I need a stiff drink [colloquial/familiar] necesito un trago fuerte [colloquial/familiar] he poured himself a stiff vodka se sirvió un vaso grande de vodka
    Example sentences
    • He was tried and found guilty by a British Consular Court: his punishment was a stiff fine and probation with a stern warning to desist.
    • The league should be proud of that, not hiding behind stiff fines and harsh rhetoric.
    • That commission recommended stiff increases in the payroll tax to create a surplus that would help fund the retirement of baby boomers down the road.
    Example sentences
    • As he spoke, it seemed the gods were heeding the many prayers at the Cork venue, as the sun shone brightly and a stiff wind blew on the opening day.
    • The Pope, who aides say is losing sleep over the possibility of war, celebrated a Mass that began with a stiff wind blowing in from Siberia over the flat steppes and ended in sunshine.
    • A stiff wind blew through the woods, ruffling their hair.
    Example sentences
    • However, outside of China, in Japan for instance, such an effort will meet stiff resistance from habit users and from simple economic forces.
    • From there a very stiff climb through what is still called ‘Sullivan road’ took us to Kundhesappe and then to Doddabetta foothill.
    • Once more, firm sand provided a gentle walking surface until almost the end of the beach, where we rested before the short but stiff climb to the heathland above the cliffs.
  • 3 (formal, stilted) [person/manner] almidonado, acartonado, estirado; [bow/compliment/smile] forzado, poco espontáneo
    Example sentences
    • Corrissa's stiff manner left her, and she ran frantically towards the door and immediately started pounding on it.
    • You have a melancholy disposition resulting in a shyness, or a formal and stiff manner of presenting yourself.
    • Mel had never particularly liked the woman's stiff manner and perfect outward appearance.

adverb/adverbio

  • [colloquial/familiar] I'm frozen stiff estoy helado hasta los huesos [colloquial/familiar] we were bored stiff nos aburrimos como ostras [colloquial/familiar] I was scared stiff estaba muerto de miedo we were worried stiff estábamos preocupadísimos

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot] he stiffed me! ¡se fue or [colloquial/familiar] se largó sin pagar!

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