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

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The story is ambiguous, but the image draws our eye from inside to outside, from the delicate wild bird, through doors and windows to the stolid mountains. Sharon Mizota,, "María Berrío's dream-like collages deploy paper like paint," 17 June 2019 Toward the end of Lonesome Dove, the aging Texas Ranger Augustus McCrae scouts ahead of his cattle herd with the stolid hand Pea Eye. Sarah Smarsh, The New York Review of Books, "Caroline Fraser," 21 Feb. 2019 The Garmisch is, like many of the concepts BMW produced during that era, wildly atypical for the marque, overtly weird and experimental in a way that did not quite jibe with the stolid but delicate flow of vehicles in Munich's contemporary lineup. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "BMW Reproduces Lost 1970 Garmisch Concept by Calling In Its Original Designer ,Marcello Gandini," 24 May 2019 Other notes are from longtime ES owners who, while loving their cars, would be interested in something a little less stolid, a little less of a bürgermeisterwagen. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 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

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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


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

Kids Definition of stolid

: having or showing little or no feeling a stolid person

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stolidly adverb

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