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stiffness (n.)

late 14c., from stiff (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "uneasy formality" is from 1630s.

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Definitions of stiffness

stiffness (n.)
the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend;
stiffness (n.)
the property of moving with pain or difficulty;
he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck
stiffness (n.)
firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action;
a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity
stiffness (n.)
the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment);
Synonyms: awkwardness / clumsiness / gracelessness
stiffness (n.)
excessive sternness;
Synonyms: severity / severeness / harshness / rigor / rigour / rigorousness / rigourousness / inclemency / hardness
From wordnet.princeton.edu