\ 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 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 But the pandemic year saw stodgy suiting widely supplanted by the most casual of clothing. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 17 May 2021 Compounding the differences this year was a telecast, steered by producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacy Sher, that wanted a new look and feel to an often stodgy, persistently unchanging ceremony. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 Welcome to 2021, where the stodgy are no match for the stonky. Jason Gay, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Similar to rice pudding in its decadent richness and creamy comfort, this classic Eid dessert of Indian and Pakistan descent is a more elegant dish, with silky strands of angel hair pasta instead of stodgy rice. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021 Financial firms no longer want to be stodgy and stuffy. Angela Chan, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Their clothes were serious and even stodgy, but mercifully dignified, which is to say that all the men realized that a tie should end somewhere in the vicinity of one’s belt buckle and not one’s nether regions. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2020 Cryptocurrency firms and FinTech companies are alluring and attractive alternatives to old-school banks that can be seen as stodgy and stuck in their ways. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The Journal’s coverage is stodgy and, in many respects, outdated. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2021

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“Stodgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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