\ 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

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Some of the dating lessons have slotted into stodgy sociology courses. Mary Ryu, WSJ, "Failing at Love? Maybe It’s Time for Classes," 15 Feb. 2019 Many costly myths and misunderstandings have sprung up on this subject, involving even the seemingly stodgy $3.8 trillion municipal bond market. Tom Herman, WSJ, "The Smart Ways to Be a Tax-Savvy Investor," 10 Feb. 2019 Of course, in that era Wall Street was mostly a stodgy place. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Another bite of the Apple: Beyond that trillion-dollar valuation," 7 Aug. 2018 While dancing to The Chainsmokers’s latest disco-heavy banger, which features the syrupy vocals of their frequent collaborator Emily Warren, Riley encounters a stodgy security guard who refuses to be moved by her, well, moves. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Stars In the New Chainsmokers Music Video for "Side Effects"," 21 Aug. 2018 The military is old, stodgy, always fighting the last war. M.l. Cavanaugh, WSJ, "Don’t Be Evil, Support the Troops," 16 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese fell out of favor, and now spends its days hanging out in stodgy pint containers near the sour cream, while yogurt sprawls out across acres of the dairy case, dressed up in cute little tubes, flip tops and French glass jars. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 Paul Tamberino, director of referee development for US Soccer, told the New York Times, Some scientists have proposed using machine vision algorithms to detect flopping, but soccer is a notoriously stodgy sport. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 His missed penalty in a stodgy draw against Iceland set the tone but his vacant performance against Croatia felt too incongruous to be a one-off. Thomas Allnutt,, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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