I came across the following sentence in Der Spiegel:

Fotografen sind abhängig vom Auftraggeber, vom Kunden, von der Konkurrenz und immer wieder auch vom Objekt: denn was macht ein Fotograf, wenn der Abzulichtende stockbeinig in die Kamera grinst und einfach keinen locker-lässigen Kate-Moss-Look hinbekommt?

What does 'stockbeinig' mean?

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A literal translation would be "stick-legged. It's a describing word combination, meaning the photographer's subject is standing stiff and errect instead of in a relaxed, "cool" pose.

A probably more common term would be steifbeinig.


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