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. 2019

Related Words for stick-in-the-mud

antediluvian, reactionary, diehard, conservative, fuddy-duddy, fossil, mossback

Examples from the Web for stick-in-the-mud

Historical Examples of stick-in-the-mud

  • 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



informal a staid or predictably conservative person who lacks initiative or imagination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper