\ 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

Other Words from stodgy

stodgily \ ˈstä-​jə-​lē How to pronounce stodgy (audio) \ adverb
stodginess \ ˈstä-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce stodgy (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 Even the presence of guests like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck doesn’t pull Bush too far into stodgy classic rocker territory, though. Al Shipley, SPIN, 18 July 2022 Since 2018, the Recording Academy has attempted to reform its stodgy reputation with the creation of a diversity and inclusion task force and efforts to create a more transparent voting process. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Their storied rise in the 1980s was cast as villains to the Boston Celtics and drawn in simple strokes: the cool, Black team standing in the path of the stodgy, white one. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Stokes, a devastating match-winner with bat and ball, plays with aggression and his innate attacking instincts could desperately provide a tonic for a stodgy England team lacking confidence. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Ever since Dutch master Johan Cruyff brought that philosophy to Catalonia in the 1970s, winning with stodgy play has been considered to be a betrayal. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Generally speaking, the 2022 Grammys found the Recording Academy continuing its efforts to buck any lingering perceptions of themselves as a stodgy, old-school institution. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 Case dubbed the venture Quantum Computer Services, a rather stodgy name that was rebranded as America Online in 1991. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 Anyone who feels the Grammy Awards can be stodgy today might want to consider how far the show has come since the 1990s. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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