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[stoj-ee] /ˈstɒdʒ i/
adjective, stodgier, stodgiest.
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
First recorded in 1815-25; stodge + -y1
Related forms
stodgily, adverb
stodginess, noun
1. tiresome, stuffy, prosaic.
1. lively, exciting. Unabridged
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  • It would have been artificial, and stodgy, too, to call her "your present wife."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Norway is the home of the Ibsenian or stodgy, as distinguished from the stagey, Drama.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • Sometimes I hate Alan; he's conventional and stodgy—the funny thing is that he admires Sheila.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • But our foggy English climate and stodgy people call for it.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Strange how the Celtic leaven rises in the stodgy composition of British nature!

    Bonnie Scotland A.R. Hope Moncrieff
British Dictionary definitions for stodgy


adjective stodgier, stodgiest
(of food) heavy or uninteresting
excessively formal and conventional
Derived Forms
stodgily, adverb
stodginess, 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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