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

Definition of stolid

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.

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 Pozharskaya has a natural intensity that the film, with all its stolid sincerity, could have used more of. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 That’s because the stolid, long-suffering Vic seems to tolerate her infidelity, rather than lose her to divorce. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Roxanne, a lover of poetry, craves love letters, but the stolid Christian is no writer. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 Melissa Jacques gives Margaret a stolid steadiness that grounds the proceedings in essential ways. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 22 Jan. 2022 One example was the Jewish playwright Carl Sternheim, whose satires of the stolid German middle class, banned by the Nazis, were undergoing a revival in the early sixties. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2021 Not ugly, nor intentionally stolid, nor contorted into awkward shapes, as her friend Degas often painted them. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Gucci looms especially large in Milan because the stolid city is all about business and Gucci is a commercial marvel. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 Malone Stadium offers its special set of challenges, from inadequate facilities to a stolid atmosphere in which visiting teams often have to provide their own energy. Creg Stephenson |, al, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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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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