stol·​id | \ˈstä-ləd \

Definition of stolid 

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

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stolidity \stä-​ˈli-​də-​tē, stə-​ \ noun
stolidly \ˈstä-​ləd-​lē \ adverb

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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

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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.

Examples of stolid in a Sentence

She remained stolid during the trial. the butler responded to the duchess's constant demands with stolid indifference

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The most elegant singer was tenor Alexandr Nesterenko, the fiancé, regrettably killed off in Act I. Bass Andrey Valentii was stolid as Tamara’s father. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Demon’ Review: Obsession and Seduction," 31 July 2018 The supporting players are even better; the veteran Barry infuses his stern but loving character with genuine gravitas, Beach is stolid as the parole officer who treats his ex-cons fairly, and Kay is a hoot as Sam's reluctant accomplice. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Mr Rajoy, a great survivor whose stolid appearance hides sharp political instincts, had been outwitted at last. The Economist, "Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, assembles a reassuring team," 7 June 2018 And in the wake of either victory or (as seemed more likely in the summer of 2016) defeat, the stolid Hoosier looked like an ideal bridge between Trumpists and conservatives who were either resisting the new tribal chief or going along grudgingly. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than Trump," 10 May 2018 The eight stolid slabs awaiting Mr. Trump inside the razor wire in the border neighborhood of Otay Mesa were chosen from numerous proposals (the Department of Homeland Security refused to say how many) submitted to the agency last year. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Trump Plans to View Wall Prototypes. Here Are Some He Won’t See.," 12 Mar. 2018 Perhaps more surprisingly, a country once considered stolid and conservative has developed a reputation for cool. The Economist, "Right and wrong ways to spread languages around the globe," 28 Mar. 2018 Not space, and not stolid form, as is often the case in Western art. Cate Mcquaid,, "Cao Jun: the dance and the chance of it," 28 Mar. 2018 Volkswagen will unveil the 2018 Passat GT, a sporty new model of its stolid midsize sedan Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2018 VW Passat GT pairs 3.6L V6 with lowered suspension, aggressive looks," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of stolid

circa 1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stolid

Latin stolidus dull, stupid

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English Language Learners Definition of stolid

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


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Kids Definition of stolid

: having or showing little or no feeling a stolid person

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stolidly adverb

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