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[stol-id] /ˈstɒl ɪd/
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
Origin of stolid
First recorded in 1590-1600, stolid is from the Latin word stolidus inert, dull, stupid
Related forms
[stuh-lid-i-tee] /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
stolidness, noun
stolidly, adverb
Can be confused
solid, stolid.
apathetic, lethargic, phlegmatic. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stolidity
Historical Examples
  • His manner, however, made no impression on Timmins's stolidity.

  • He had learnt his virtue by observing Peggy, an Indian virtue at that—stolidity.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Her stolidity of manner and her logic, ponderous and irresistible, had their effect.

  • A kind of English stolidity about them baffled him—ten of them remained ten.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • In some fashion its silence and stolidity steadied her for her errand.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Her stolidity showed no anxiety; she was too sure of the result.

  • stolidity is the pet affectation of the breed; at heart he is as garrulous as an ape.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • Later, we had another instance of his stolidity; that was when crossing a salt lake.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • With all its rude plainness and stolidity, he loved the German mind.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • These Indians are particularly exasperating by their laziness and stolidity.

British Dictionary definitions for stolidity


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 stolidity


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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