\ 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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That, in a nutshell, is how Albert Bourla, the newish chief executive of Pfizer, described the merger of the giant drugmaker’s stodgy but profitable off-patent division, Upjohn, and Mylan, a big but struggling generic-drug firm. The Economist, "Pfizer and Mylan want to create a generic-drug giant," 1 Aug. 2019 Compared to the stodgy austerity of a croissant, Kismet’s flaky bread is a glutenous block party. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Lucas, who declined to participate in the competition, coughed up an inert, impenetrable block of concrete building material for her stodgy, gray, eminently un-telegenic sculpture. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid," 17 July 2019 Hopefully people will see a period film that is modern and relatable, not stodgy and old-fashioned. Lauren Huff,, "Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon battle it out in new The Current War trailer," 25 June 2019 In Pyongyang, Western food and fashion mingle with stodgy monuments. Krys Lee, Dallas News, "Book peers inside the hidden life of N. Korea's Kim Jong Un," 18 June 2019 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

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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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