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Stifen vs. Stiffen: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
Stifen is an incorrect spelling, while Stiffen is the correct form, meaning to make or become rigid or firm.

Which is correct: Stifen or Stiffen

How to spell Stiffen?

Stifen is Incorrect

Stiffen is Correct

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Key Differences

Double "f" for "firmness" helps remember "stiffen".
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Oct 01, 2023
Think of "stiff" + "en" to form "stiffen".
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Oct 01, 2023
"Single i, double f" is a good mnemonic.
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Oct 01, 2023
Visualize something becoming rigid, emphasizing the 'ff' in the middle.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 01, 2023
Incorrect forms usually look odd; "stifen" lacks the expected firmness in its spelling.
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Oct 01, 2023
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Stifen and Stiffen Definitions

Stifen

Stifen is an incorrect spelling of Stiffen.
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Sep 13, 2023

Stiffen

To reinforce or support.
The engineer stiffened the structure with steel beams.
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Sep 13, 2023

Stiffen

To make or become less flexible.
He saw the danger and stiffened in response.
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Sep 13, 2023

Stiffen

To become more formal in demeanor.
She stiffened at his rude comment.
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Sep 13, 2023

Stiffen

To become firmer or less fluid.
The gel will stiffen when refrigerated.
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Sep 13, 2023
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Stiffen

To make stronger or more resilient.
Adding more flour will stiffen the dough.
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Stiffen

To make or become stiff or stiffer.
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Stiffen

(transitive) To make stiff.
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Stiffen

(intransitive) To become stiff.
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Stiffen

To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch.
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
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Stiffen

To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste.
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Stiffen

To make torpid; to benumb.
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Stiffen

To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective.
Like bristles rose my stiffening hair.
The tender soil then stiffening by degrees.
Some souls we see,Grow hard and stiffen with adversity.
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Sep 12, 2023

Stiffen

Become stiff or stiffer;
He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room
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Stiffen

Make stiff or stiffer;
Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine
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Stiffen

Restrict;
Tighten the rules
Stiffen the regulations
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FAQs

What is the verb form of Stiffen?

"Stiffen" itself is a verb.
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Oct 01, 2023

Why is it called Stiffen?

It's called "Stiffen" as it describes the action or process of becoming stiff.
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What is the pronunciation of Stiffen?

/ˈstɪf.ən/
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Oct 01, 2023

What is the root word of Stiffen?

The root word is "stiff."
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Which article is used with Stiffen?

"The" or "a" can be used, depending on the sentence.
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Which vowel is used before Stiffen?

The vowel "i" is used.
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Oct 01, 2023

What is the singular form of Stiffen?

Stiffen is a verb and doesn't have a singular or plural form in the same way nouns do.
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Oct 01, 2023

What is the plural form of Stiffen?

As a verb, "stiffen" does not have a plural form.
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Oct 01, 2023

Which conjunction is used with Stiffen?

Any conjunction can be used with "stiffen" based on context, like "and" or "but."
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Oct 01, 2023

Which preposition is used with Stiffen?

Prepositions such as "at," "in," or "with" can be used with "stiffen," depending on the context.
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Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen a negative or positive word?

Neutral; the connotation depends on the context.
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Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen a countable noun?

"Stiffen" is not primarily a noun, so it's not countable.
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Is Stiffen a vowel or consonant?

It's a word, not a single letter. The word contains both vowels and consonants.
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Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen a collective noun?

No.
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Oct 01, 2023

How do we divide Stiffen into syllables?

Stif-fen.
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Oct 01, 2023

What part of speech is Stiffen?

Verb.
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Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen a noun or adjective?

"Stiffen" is primarily a verb.
Harlon Moss
Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen an adverb?

No.
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Oct 01, 2023

Is the word Stiffen is imperative?

It can be, as in the command "Stiffen your back!"
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Oct 01, 2023

How many syllables are in Stiffen?

Two syllables.
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Oct 01, 2023

What is another term for Stiffen?

Harden.
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Oct 01, 2023

What is the first form of Stiffen?

Stiffen.
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Oct 01, 2023

What is the second form of Stiffen?

Stiffened.
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Oct 01, 2023

How is Stiffen used in a sentence?

"The cold weather made the clothes stiffen on the line."
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Oct 01, 2023

Is Stiffen an abstract noun?

No.
Sara Rehman
Oct 01, 2023

Is the Stiffen term a metaphor?

By itself, no, but it can be used metaphorically in a sentence.
Harlon Moss
Oct 01, 2023

What is a stressed syllable in Stiffen?

The first syllable, "Stif."
Aimie Carlson
Oct 01, 2023

What is the opposite of Stiffen?

Relax or soften.
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Oct 01, 2023

Which determiner is used with Stiffen?

Determiners like "the," "my," "his," "her," etc., can be used based on the context.
Janet White
Oct 01, 2023

What is the third form of Stiffen?

Stiffened.
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Oct 01, 2023
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