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  1. someone who avoids new activities, ideas, or attitudes; old fogy.
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Origin of stick-in-the-mud

First recorded in 1725–35
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  • They're a mangy, stick-in-the-mud, follow-in-the-old-ruts crowd.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne

  • Everyone got into a sort of stick-in-the-mud mood, and one felt it was only kind to stir them up.

  • 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!

  • Jim Langham called him a slow-coach, a tortoise, a stick-in-the-mud, and a few other names.

    Love at Paddington

    W. Pett Ridge

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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Word Origin and History for stick-in-the-mud


1733, from stick (v.) on notion of "to stick in the mud, to be content to remain in an abject condition."

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