stick-in-the-mud

noun \ ˈstik-ən-t͟hə-ˌməd \

Definition of stick-in-the-mud

: one who is slow, old-fashioned, or unprogressive; especially : an old fogy

First Known Use of stick-in-the-mud

1832

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STICK-IN-THE-MUD Defined for English Language Learners

stick-in-the-mud

Definition of stick-in-the-mud for English Language Learners

  • : someone who has old-fashioned ideas or who does not like trying new or exciting things


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