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Synonyms for stiffly

in a stiff manner


in a rigid manner


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An explanation would be wasted on you," said Professor Bumper stiffly.
His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.
It was trimmed with a twist of buff ribbon and a cluster of black and orange porcupine quills, which hung or bristled stiffly over one ear, giving her the quaintest and most unusual appearance.
Murdstone, turning his head and his eyes stiffly towards me, 'to observe that you are of a sullen disposition.
And then they stood about, as soldiers do; now, with their hands loosely clasped before them; now, resting a knee or a shoulder; now, easing a belt or a pouch; now, opening the door to spit stiffly over their high stocks, out into the yard.
The Miss Gunns smiled stiffly, and thought what a pity it was that these rich country people, who could afford to buy such good clothes (really Miss Nancy's lace and silk were very costly), should be brought up in utter ignorance and vulgarity.
Or a rogue," said Agatha, emphasizing the suggestion by a glitter of her eyes and teeth, whilst her schoolfellows, rather disapproving of her freedom, stood stiffly dumb.
We were both of us capsized in a second, and both of us rolled, almost together, into the scuppers, the dead red-cap, with his arms still spread out, tumbling stiffly after us.
Poligny got up and walked out quite stiffly, like a statue, and before I had time to ask him, `Whither go ye?
Enter, then, and look," said Father Wolf stiffly, "but there is no food here.
Shortly afterwards, accompanied by several trumpets and mounted on a powerful steed that threatened to crush the whole place, the great lacquey Tosilos made his appearance on one side of the courtyard with his visor down and stiffly cased in a suit of stout shining armour.
The old ballad which tells of their fight says that they thought nothing for to flee, but stiffly for to stand.
The chevalier returned the salutation stiffly, and drew Mademoiselle Cormon toward some flower-pots at a little distance, in order to show the interrupter that he did not choose to be spied upon.
I knew I was speaking stiffly, artificially, even bookishly, in fact, I could not speak except "like a book.
After sitting for a moment in silence, she said very stiffly to Elizabeth,