Simple Definition of stolid
: showing little or no emotion : not easily excited or upset
Examples of stolid in a sentence
She remained stolid during the trial.
<the butler responded to the duchess's constant demands with stolid indifference>
Did You Know?
Stolid derives from stolidus, a word that means "dull" or "stupid" in Latin. It is also distantly related to the word stultify, meaning "to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical." The earliest examples of usage for stolid, dating back to the 17th century, indicate that it too was originally associated with a lack of smarts; it was used to describe people who were considered dull or stupid because they didn't wear their emotions on their sleeves. By the1800s, however, stolid was frequently appearing without the connotation of foolishness, and it continues to be free of such overtones today.
Origin of stolid
Latin stolidus dull, stupid
First Known Use: circa 1600
Synonym Discussion of stolid
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Definition of stolid for Students
: having or showing little or no feeling <a stolid person>
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