adjective stol·id \ ˈstä-ləd \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of stolid

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional


play \stä-ˈli-də-tē, stə-\ noun


play \ˈstä-ləd-lē\ adverb

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Examples of stolid in a Sentence

  1. She remained stolid during the trial.

  2. the butler responded to the duchess's constant demands with stolid indifference

Recent Examples of stolid from the Web

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Sharpen Up With the History of stolid

Stolid derives from stolidus, a word that means "dull" or "stupid" in Latin. It is also distantly related to the word stultify, meaning "to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical." The earliest examples of usage for stolid, dating back to the early 17th century, indicate that it too was originally associated with a lack of smarts; it was used to describe people who were considered dull or stupid because they didn't wear their emotions on their sleeves. By the 1800s, however, stolid was frequently appearing without the connotation of foolishness, and it continues to be free of such overtones today.

Origin and Etymology of stolid

Latin stolidus dull, stupid

Synonym Discussion of stolid

impassive, stoic, phlegmatic, apathetic, stolid mean unresponsive to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. impassive stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression.
    • met the news with an impassive look
stoic implies an apparent indifference to pleasure or especially to pain often as a matter of principle or self-discipline.
    • was resolutely stoic even in adversity
phlegmatic implies a temperament or constitution hard to arouse.
    • a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears
apathetic may imply a puzzling or deplorable indifference or inertness.
    • charitable appeals met an apathetic response
stolid implies a habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity.
    • stolid workers wedded to routine

STOLID Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of stolid for English Language Learners

  • : showing little or no emotion : not easily excited or upset

STOLID Defined for Kids


adjective stol·id \ ˈstä-ləd \

Definition of stolid for Students

: having or showing little or no feeling
  • a stolid person



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