Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Anything added to something in order to stiffen it, such as a support beam, or starch for a collar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, stiffens anything, as a piece of stiff cloth in a cravat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which stiffens.
  • n. In iron ship-building, one of a series of angle-bars, Z-bars, or other shapes, riveted to plating, particularly to the plating of bulkheads, to give them the necessary stiffness or rigidity. Stiffeners are called vertical stiffeners or horizontal stiffeners, according to the way they are arranged on the bulkhead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. material used for stiffening something

Etymologies

stiffen +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By and by it became a habit with him, when his men ceased work, to stroll down to the "Turk's Head" for a "stiffener" before his meal.

    Hetty Wesley

  • Ian Fleming was famous for enjoying a 'stiffener' here and we all know where his Martini habit led.

    Londonist

  • Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a cardboard inside as a "stiffener" to prevent creases from the mail handling.

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  • He thought that would be a "stiffener" for London.

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  • "stiffener" of raw cognac, wrapped myself well, and at once fell asleep in the heavy rain, whilst the crew gathered under the sail.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1

  • "stiffener" that would strengthen the British government's determination to secure security council resolution 1441.

    The Guardian World News

  • It happens that I am invited to hear him speak this evening and, though I arrive at the Hall in good time after the customary stiffener, I find queues snaking around the building.

    Cablemania hits Guildford

  • Need to go buy stuff for the T-shirt quilts I'm making, namely stiffener to back the (million) squares.

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  • Graham nodded, for both felt the need of a stiffener.

    CHAPTER XXVII

  • I don't know about you, but I could do with a stiffener after all that.

    Archive 2008-11-01

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