Overstiffen

stiffen

[stif-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make stiff.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become stiff.
3.
to become suddenly tense, rigid, or taut, as in bracing oneself for or drawing back from shock, fear, or displeasure: He stiffened, expecting to hear the worst.

Origin:
1490–1500; stiff + -en1

overstiffen, verb
unstiffened, adjective
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stiffen (ˈstɪfən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become stiff or stiffer
2.  (intr) to become suddenly tense or unyielding
 
'stiffener
 
n

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