stodgy

adjective \ ˈstä-jē \

Definition of stodgy

stodgier; stodgiest
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
5 a :drab
b :dowdy

stodgily

play \ˈstä-jə-lē\ adverb

stodginess

play \ˈstä-jē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stodgy in a Sentence

  1. the sitcom was offbeat and interesting in its first season, but has since become predictable and stodgy

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854

stodgy Synonyms

Synonyms
arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, boring, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
Antonyms
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting
Related Words
aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky (or pokey)
Near Antonyms
amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizing

STODGY Defined for English Language Learners

stodgy

adjective

Definition of stodgy for English Language Learners

  • : having very old-fashioned opinions, attitudes, etc.

  • : too plain or dull to be interesting

  • of food : unpleasantly heavy and causing you to feel very full



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