\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Fragmentary glimpses from nearby blocks defy expectations, whipsawed slivers amid the stodgy norm. John King,, "Twisty white Mira tower is dazzling on the skyline, but less so on the ground," 12 July 2020 Even the long-stodgy U.S. Federal Reserve system, charged mainly with maintaining a stable banking network, now has a regional institute focused on inequality. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rising inequality in a crisis: The view from Baltimore," 24 June 2020 To attend the meetings, Ms. Scholtz entered through the service door, so as not to upset the stodgy membership of what at the time was an all-male club. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Elizabeth Scholtz, Barrier-Breaking Garden Director, Dies at 98," 7 May 2020 Cereal was ripe for disruption, a multibillion-dollar market dominated by stodgy conglomerates and beset by years of flagging sales. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "In a Tough Month, This Instagram-Friendly Cereal Startup Eats Cake," 4 May 2020 His stodgy shoes pump and move over the pedals at the end of his reliable wool legs. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Even normally stodgy New England coach Bill Belichick got into the spirit of things by giving his dog, an Alaskan Klee Kai named Nike, some television time. CBS News, "Record 8.4 million viewers watch NFL draft across 3 days," 27 Apr. 2020 And for years, Facebook has been on a journey to change, or at least broaden, its stodgy reputation among gamers young and old with its game-streaming platform, virtual reality technology, and push into cloud gaming. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Facebook Gaming Is Here—but Who Is It For?," 20 Apr. 2020 No matter how much the traditional, stodgy, old-school style of baseball tries to change him. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tim Anderson, inspired by Jackie Robinson, is new leading voice of MLB’s African-American community," 15 Apr. 2020

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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 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce stodgy (audio)

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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