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stiff definition

  1. mod.
    and stiffed. alcohol intoxicated; dead drunk. : She knows how to stop drinking before she gets stiff.
  2. n.
    a drunkard. : Some stiff staggered by—belching clouds of some beery smell. , The guy's a stiff, and you want to run him for mayor? Even in this town that's going too far.
  3. mod.
    dead. (Originally underworld.) : He's stiff. There's nothing that can be done.
  4. n.
    a corpse. (Underworld.) : They pulled another stiff out of the river last night. Looks like another mob killing.
  5. n.
    a fellow worker; a fellow tramp. (Originally hobos.) : This stiff wants some help finding a flop for the night.
  6. tv.
    to fail to tip someone who expects it. : Ya know, you can tell right away when a guy's gonna stiff you—ya just know. , I guess I get stiffed two, three times a day.
  7. tv.
    to cheat someone. : The clown selling hot dogs stiffed me for about forty cents.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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