stodgy

[ stoj-ee ]
/ ˈstɒdʒ i /

adjective, stodg·i·er, stodg·i·est.

heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring: a stodgy Victorian novel.
of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
stocky; thick-set.
old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional: a stodgy old gentleman.
dull; graceless; inelegant: a stodgy business suit.

Origin of stodgy

First recorded in 1815–25; stodge + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM stodgy

stodg·i·ly, adverbstodg·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stodginess

  • There is none of the usual 'stodginess' of history in his chapters.

    Fifty Years of Golf|Horace G. Hutchinson
  • In literature we have stodginess in style and decadence in morals, and vers libre, that is to say, no verse at all.

    Your Negro Neighbor|Benjamin Brawley
  • His theatre is beginning to pander to foreign tastes, to be ashamed of itself, to take on respectability and stodginess.

British Dictionary definitions for stodginess

stodgy
/ (ˈstɒdʒɪ) /

adjective stodgier or stodgiest

(of food) heavy or uninteresting
excessively formal and conventional

Derived forms of stodgy

stodgily, adverbstodginess, noun

Word Origin for stodgy

C19: from stodge
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