stiffness


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  • noun

Synonyms for stiffness

the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend

Related Words

the property of moving with pain or difficulty

firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action

the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)

References in classic literature ?
In the autumn, the driving rain drummed on his sailcloth suit saturated almost to the stiffness of sheet-iron, with its surface flowing with water.
He did not sing like a trained singer who knows he is listened to, but like the birds, evidently giving vent to the sounds in the same way that one stretches oneself or walks about to get rid of stiffness, and the sounds were always high-pitched, mournful, delicate, and almost feminine, and his face at such times was very serious.
Our engagement is at an end," he said, with the utmost stiffness.
Playing this game they lost their stiffness, and even became unusually daring, for Mr.
You could see by the shortness of Josy's dress that she was very young indeed, and at first this made him shy, as he always is when introduced formally to little girls, and he stood sucking his thumb, and so did she, but soon the stiffness wore off and they sat together on the sofa, holding each other's hands.
With the closing of his notebook a new geniality had taken the place of his official stiffness.
Not exactly," he told her, a shade of stiffness in his manner.
There was no shadow of embarrassment about her manner, notwithstanding the cold stiffness of Wingrave's deportment.
As long as he could possibly contain himself, Jerry maintained his stiffness.
He knew the cold-blooded insincerity of them, for, at night, when he was brought to Del Mar's room, he heard only the cold brittle tones, sensed only the threat and the menace of the other's personality, felt, when touched by the other's hand, only a stiffness and sharpness of contact that was like to so much steel or wood in so far as all subtle tenderness of heart and spirit was absent.
Very slowly, because of his exceeding weakness and stiffness, he rolled over on his other side.
It was quite exhilarating to hear the clash and bustle with which he banged the door and jumped up behind after Mrs Nickleby was in; and as that good lady was perfectly unconscious that he applied the gold-headed end of his long stick to his nose, and so telegraphed most disrespectfully to the coachman over her very head, she sat in a state of much stiffness and dignity, not a little proud of her position.
Bread may not always nourish us; but it always does us good, it even takes stiffness out of our joints, and makes us supple and buoyant, when we knew not what ailed us, to recognize any generosity in man or Nature, to share any unmixed and heroic joy.
The answer brought a momentary stiffness in its train.
And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stiffness, and the cold, and dark.