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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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  • The announcement that the wound was not fatal did not seem to move his stolidness in the least.

    Tom Slade Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • In spite of his self-control and a belief in his stolidness, a lump swelled in his throat.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • The woman's excitement had changed into stolidness, and she showed far less feeling in the matter than Kate had done.

  • Under all his stolidness he is every inch a man, as I have said many times before.

British Dictionary definitions for stolidness


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 stolidness


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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