stol·​id | \ ˈstä-ləd How to pronounce stolid (audio) \

Definition of stolid

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

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Other Words from stolid

stolidity \ stä-​ˈli-​də-​tē How to pronounce stolid (audio) , stə-​ \ noun
stolidly \ ˈstä-​ləd-​lē How to pronounce stolid (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The draftsmanship is painstaking but stolid, without personal vision or lightness of touch. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Inside the U.S. Army’s Warehouse Full of Nazi Art," 4 Jan. 2021 Such a legacy may not be strange for a stolid telecoms firm. The Economist, "Can one of the architects of AT&T’s woes turn it around?," 21 Nov. 2020 The adoption of the company's ubiquitous TNGA-K platform has clearly paid dividends for the new Highlander, which now evinces the refinement and stolid composure of a Lexus. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is a Three-Row Prius," 30 Oct. 2020 The 17-time major champion could see the powerful Matteo Berrettini or the stolid Roberto Bautista Agut across the net in the quarterfinals. oregonlive, "Rafael Nadal isn’t the favorite at the 2020 French Open? So it goes (sort of) in this upside-down pandemic year," 25 Sep. 2020 Simón plays Sancho Panza, the stolid but faintly ridiculous man of common sense, to Davíd’s Don Quixote, the florid and passionate fabulist—except, that is, when the roles are reversed, just like in the original. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 The current uncertainty and widespread panic would shake even the most stolid of hearts. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, "Mental health resources: Who you gonna call?," 10 Apr. 2020 Miquen was stolid and conservative, largely estranged from his brother’s affections and paintings. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Venus Betrayed’ Review: The Intimist," 3 Jan. 2020 What isn’t great is seeing Pitt wobble between movie-star stolid and bad-actor wooden., "“I’ve Got a Gal From Kalamazoo”," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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“Stolid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stolid

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


stol·​id | \ ˈstä-ləd How to pronounce stolid (audio) \

Kids Definition of stolid

: having or showing little or no feeling a stolid person

Other Words from stolid

stolidly adverb

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