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[stik-in-th uh-muhd] /ˈstɪk ɪn ðəˌmʌd/
someone who avoids new activities, ideas, or attitudes; old fogy.
Origin of stick-in-the-mud
First recorded in 1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stick-in-the-mud
Historical Examples
  • They're a mangy, stick-in-the-mud, follow-in-the-old-ruts crowd.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
  • Everyone got into a sort of stick-in-the-mud mood, and one felt it was only kind to stir them up.

  • Now that's just the kind of fine old crusted pig-headed Conservativism that's kept this the stick-in-the-mud Country it is!

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • Jim Langham called him a slow-coach, a tortoise, a stick-in-the-mud, and a few other names.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge
British Dictionary definitions for stick-in-the-mud


(informal) a staid or predictably conservative person who lacks initiative or imagination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stick-in-the-mud

1733, from stick (v.) on notion of "to stick in the mud, to be content to remain in an abject condition."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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