- heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring: a stodgy Victorian novel.
- of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
- stocky; thick-set.
- old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional: a stodgy old gentleman.
- dull; graceless; inelegant: a stodgy business suit.
Origin of stodgy
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Examples from the Web for stodgy
It was, he says, “a stodgy and old-fashioned discipline” when he entered it in the 1980s.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places
July 8, 2014
“I guess I felt it to be stodgy, self-satisfied, maybe a little dull,” he confesses.The Story of How Two of America’s Greatest Anthems Were Made
November 29, 2013
My first thought was, “Wow, what an incredibly bold purchase for a stodgy auto exec.”When Chevy Was Facebook
August 23, 2013
The mix of small, stodgy businesses and glamorous retailers worked for another decade—until 2009, when the bottom fell out again.Terrapin Stationers, the Most Badass New Stationer
July 10, 2013
The TV critics largely sided with Conan, now with TBS, because they deem Leno to be a bland and stodgy comic.Is Jay Leno Facing Another NBC Coup in Favor of Jimmy Fallon?
March 4, 2013
But our foggy English climate and stodgy people call for it.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Norway is the home of the Ibsenian or stodgy, as distinguished from the stagey, Drama.This Giddy Globe
It would have been artificial, and stodgy, too, to call her "your present wife."It Never Can Happen Again</p>
William De Morgan
So let us hear no more complaints of stodgy, clammy, “puddingy” rice.Cakes & Ale
Was this new and stodgy edition of The Raven going to stay forever?The Champagne Standard</p>
Mrs. John Lane
- (of food) heavy or uninteresting
- excessively formal and conventional
Word Origin and History for stodgy
1823, "of a thick, semi-solid consistency," from stodge "to stuff" (1670s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow imitative. Meaning "dull, heavy" developed by 1874 from noun sense of stodge applied to food (1825).