stodgy

adjective \ ˈstä-jē \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of stodgy

stodgier; stodgiest
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
5 a : drab
b : dowdy

stodgily

play \ˈstä-jə-lē\ adverb

stodginess

play \ˈstä-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stodgy in a Sentence

  1. the sitcom was offbeat and interesting in its first season, but has since become predictable and stodgy

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STODGY Defined for English Language Learners

stodgy

Definition of stodgy for English Language Learners

  • : having very old-fashioned opinions, attitudes, etc.

  • : too plain or dull to be interesting

  • of food : unpleasantly heavy and causing you to feel very full



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