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adjective, stodg·i·er, stodg·i·est.
  1. heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring: a stodgy Victorian novel.
  2. of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
  3. stocky; thick-set.
  4. old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional: a stodgy old gentleman.
  5. dull; graceless; inelegant: a stodgy business suit.

Origin of stodgy

First recorded in 1815–25; stodge + -y1
Related formsstodg·i·ly, adverbstodg·i·ness, noun


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1. tiresome, stuffy, prosaic.


1. lively, exciting.
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adjective stodgier or stodgiest
  1. (of food) heavy or uninteresting
  2. excessively formal and conventional
Derived Formsstodgily, adverbstodginess, noun

Word Origin

C19: from stodge
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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).

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