\ˈstä-jē \
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 \ adverb
stodginess \ ˈstä-​jē-​nəs \ 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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The military is old, stodgy, always fighting the last war. M.l. Cavanaugh, WSJ, "Don’t Be Evil, Support the Troops," 16 Apr. 2018 Cottage cheese fell out of favor, and now spends its days hanging out in stodgy pint containers near the sour cream, while yogurt sprawls out across acres of the dairy case, dressed up in cute little tubes, flip tops and French glass jars. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 Paul Tamberino, director of referee development for US Soccer, told the New York Times, Some scientists have proposed using machine vision algorithms to detect flopping, but soccer is a notoriously stodgy sport. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why soccer players take dives," 21 June 2018 His missed penalty in a stodgy draw against Iceland set the tone but his vacant performance against Croatia felt too incongruous to be a one-off. Thomas Allnutt,, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018 But in many ways, the newspaper had grown stodgy and lost its dominance. Joe Mozingo,, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 The American mainstream often stereotypes classical fans as stodgy and stuck in the past. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Fringe Festival brings an adventurous spirit to classical themes," 13 July 2018 As health-conscious individuals have gravitated to apps to help them manage diet and fitness, so the company has shed its stodgy past in favor of online meetings and support. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "Small-Stock Fund Managers Dominate the Battle for Highest Returns," 8 July 2018 Unfortunately, that lack of daringness also results in the evening feeling stodgy and dull, Stoll's attempts at comic relief notwithstanding. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Othello': Theater Review," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of stodgy

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stodgy

: 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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