Definition of stiffly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstɪfli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪfli//
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  1. 1in a way that is formal, and not friendly or relaxed ‘Thank you,’ she replied stiffly. She sat down stiffly on a chair by the wall, aware that they were looking at her.
  2. 2in a slow and awkward way He got up stiffly to put more logs on the fire.
  3. 3in a way that is firm and difficult to bend or move The key turned stiffly in the lock.
  4. 4in a way that is more difficult or severe than usual a stiffly enforced requirement