stiffness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stiffenes, styffenesse, styfnesse; equivalent to stiff +‎ -ness. Perhaps merging with Middle English stithnesse, stithnysse, from Old English stīþness (stiffness).

Noun[edit]

stiffness (countable and uncountable, plural stiffnesses)

  1. Rigidity or a measure of rigidity.
  2. Inflexibility or a measure of inflexibility.
  3. Inelegance; a lack of relaxedness.
    His stiffness hampered the conversation.
  4. Muscular tension due to unaccustomed or excessive exercise or work; soreness.

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