\ ˈstä-jē How to pronounce stodgy (audio) \
stodgier; stodgiest

Definition of stodgy

1 : having a rich filling quality : heavy stodgy bread
2 : moving in a slow plodding way especially as a result of physical bulkiness
3 : boring, dull out on a peaceful rather stodgy Sunday boat trip— Edna Ferber
4 : extremely old-fashioned : hidebound received a pompously Victorian letter from his stodgy father— E. E. S. Montagu
5a : drab
b : dowdy

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Other Words from stodgy

stodgily \ ˈstä-​jə-​lē How to pronounce stodgily (audio) \ adverb
stodginess \ ˈstä-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce stodginess (audio) \ noun

Examples of stodgy in a Sentence

the sitcom was offbeat and interesting in its first season, but has since become predictable and stodgy
Recent Examples on the Web Complaints about the Recording Academy — it’s stodgy, out of touch, behind the times — aren’t new to 2020, or even to the 21st century. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Billie Eilish, Lizzo triumph as Grammys seem destined for a new direction," 27 Jan. 2020 As the Detroit leader in a rapidly changing industry, GM may have unfairly gained a stigma as a sort of stodgy anti-Tesla. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Ford Skids Again but Might Yet Pass GM," 5 Feb. 2020 At the bare minimum, anyone can claim a free-to-play game on a shop like Steam or EGS, then load it in GeForce Now to test its stodgy game-search interface and its sometimes impeccable network performance. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RIP Stadia? Nvidia’s newly launched cloud-gaming service is (mostly) a stunner," 4 Feb. 2020 The old, stale, stodgy stuff just isn’t worthy of this chicken. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "Forget Hot Wings, I’m Making This Masala Fried Chicken From Now On," 20 Jan. 2020 Their counterparts fear the party is too stodgy to capture the attention of undecided voters. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "Nationalist 'antics' or the future of the GOP? College Republicans are at war," 17 Jan. 2020 As a result, Gayeski said investors could be missing out on bigger gains by shunning riskier parts of the stock market, such as tech, in favor of stodgy, dependable dividend payers. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to stay invested if you're a worrier," 13 Jan. 2020 Aunt March is elevated from stodgy caricature to a stately matriarch who may be tough but is never not astute. Lindsey Bahr, Twin Cities, "Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ is a new classic," 23 Dec. 2019 Such tactics are managing to expand and sharpen Australia’s once-stodgy environmental movement. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "In Australia, fires heat up environmental movement," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce stodgy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stodgy

: having very old-fashioned opinions, attitudes, etc.
: too plain or dull to be interesting
British, of food : unpleasantly heavy and causing you to feel very full

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