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stolid

[stol-id] /ˈstɒl ɪd/
adjective
1.
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
Origin of stolid
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600, stolid is from the Latin word stolidus inert, dull, stupid
Related forms
stolidity
[stuh-lid-i-tee] /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
stolidness, noun
stolidly, adverb
Can be confused
solid, stolid.
Synonyms
apathetic, lethargic, phlegmatic.
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  • A box of candy against a good cigar, they are a stolid married couple.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But if stolid, Timmins had his fair share of a certain slow pugnacity.

  • How stolid they were and how matter of fact and how sensible.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Hiram said not a word, but he sat looking at the other in stolid silence.

  • Eccles faced him unwillingly, with a stolid front but shifty eyes.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for stolid

stolid

/ˈstɒlɪd/
adjective
1.
showing little or no emotion or interest
Derived Forms
stolidity (stɒˈlɪdɪtɪ), stolidness, noun
stolidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stolidus dull; compare Latin stultus stupid; see still1
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Word Origin and History for stolid

1560s (implied in stolidity), from Middle French stolide (16c.), from Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable," related to stultus "foolish," from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)).

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