[ stik-in-thuh-muhd ]
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  1. someone who avoids new activities, ideas, or attitudes; old fogy.

Origin of stick-in-the-mud

First recorded in 1725–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stick-in-the-mud in a sentence

  • To tell the truth, my third share of the old stick-in-the-mud is gone.

    An Old Man's Love | Anthony Trollope
  • Sotto voce he remarked to Scraggs: "I see him slippin' a three hundred dollar hawser, eh, Scraggsy, old stick-in-the-mud?"

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
  • I suppose you didn't hear the news, you are such an old stick-in-the-mud.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • Now that's just the kind of fine old crusted pig-headed Conservativism that's kept this the stick-in-the-mud Country it is!

    In Brief Authority | F. Anstey
  • "They begun to call us heroes an' old stick-in-the-mud just about the same time," resumed Stover, with a chuckle.

British Dictionary definitions for stick-in-the-mud


  1. informal a staid or predictably conservative person who lacks initiative or imagination

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