Part of speech: verb

To make or become stiff or stiffer.

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Usage examples "stiffen":

  1. The fact is that the tastes are never so tolerant, so liberal, so generous, so supple as they are at that time of life when they begin, according to your notion, to stiffen, to harden, to contract. - "Imaginary Interviews", W. D. Howells.
  2. I felt Godfrey's hand stiffen on my arm. - "The Gloved Hand", Burton E. Stevenson.
  3. The girl's eyes of scornful enquiry made her stiffen instinctively. - "The Bars of Iron", Ethel May Dell.