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

Definition of stolid

: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

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stolidity \ stä-​ˈli-​də-​tē How to pronounce stolidity (audio) , stə-​ \ noun
stolidly \ ˈstä-​ləd-​lē How to pronounce stolidly (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 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 Baseball offers a more stolid form of entertainment that doesn’t lend itself to hoopla as readily. Washington Post, "Yankees and Red Sox Bring Baseball to London. Will Brits Care?," 18 Sep. 2019 Portraits dominate the side panels: Renée, an everyday Madonna with their infant daughter on her lap on the left; on the right, the artist, bearded and stolid in work boots and a blue velvet shirt., "SIMON DINNERSTEIN: THE FULBRIGHT TRIPTYCH," 31 Oct. 2019 What’s less well remembered is that for much of it, the composition of Christianity in England was highly contested, far more so than the stereotype of stolid Anglican establishment would suggest. Nicholas Gallagher, National Review, "Saint John Henry Newman, of the Church, in the World," 13 Oct. 2019 The steadily escalating musical turbulence brings the singer’s stolid baritone to the edge of desperation. Greg Kot,, "Review: Iggy Pop takes another detour on ‘Free’," 6 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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