stodgier; stodgiest
: having a rich filling quality : heavy
stodgy bread
: moving in a slow plodding way especially as a result of physical bulkiness
: boring, dull
out on a peaceful rather stodgy Sunday boat tripEdna Ferber
: extremely old-fashioned : hidebound
received a pompously Victorian letter from his stodgy fatherE. E. S. Montagu
: drab
: dowdy
stodgily adverb
stodginess 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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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stodgy was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Stodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


stodgier; stodgiest
: moving in a slow struggling way especially as a result of physical bulkiness
: having no excitement or interest : dull, boring
a stodgy day
: very old-fashioned in attitude or point of view
stodgily adverb

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