stiffly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stifly, styfly; equivalent to stiff +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

stiffly (comparative more stiffly, superlative most stiffly)

  1. In a stiff manner.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      'Twas Mr. Glennie who first moved to seek me; for when the second day came that I was not at school, he thought that I was ill, and went to my aunt's to ask how I did, as was his wont when any ailed. But Aunt Jane answered him stiffly that she could not say how I did.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 86:
      'Very well, Clara,' she said stiffly, 'but I shall also speak to your father.'

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Middle English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

stiffly

  1. Alternative form of stifly