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adjective, stodg·i·er, stodg·i·est.
  1. heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring: a stodgy Victorian novel.
  2. of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
  3. stocky; thick-set.
  4. old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional: a stodgy old gentleman.
  5. dull; graceless; inelegant: a stodgy business suit.

Origin of stodgy

First recorded in 1815–25; stodge + -y1
Related formsstodg·i·ly, adverbstodg·i·ness, noun

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Antonyms for stodgy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stodginess

Historical Examples of 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


adjective stodgier or stodgiest
  1. (of food) heavy or uninteresting
  2. excessively formal and conventional
Derived Formsstodgily, adverbstodginess, noun

Word Origin for stodgy

C19: from stodge
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Word Origin and History for stodginess


1823, "of a thick, semi-solid consistency," from stodge "to stuff" (1670s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow imitative. Meaning "dull, heavy" developed by 1874 from noun sense of stodge applied to food (1825).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper