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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.

  1. stocky; thick-set.

  2. old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional: a stodgy old gentleman.

  3. dull; graceless; inelegant: a stodgy business suit.

Origin of stodgy

First recorded in 1815–25; stodge + -y1

Other words for stodgy

Opposites for stodgy

Other words from stodgy

  • stodg·i·ly, adverb
  • stodg·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stodgy in a sentence

  • If she gave the whole village work, was it too far gone in its unspurred stodginess to be roused to carrying it out?

    The Shuttle | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But it is this very stodginess that makes it, if you love Wordsworth, the perfect book where there can be only one.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for stodgy


/ (ˈstɒdʒɪ) /

adjectivestodgier or stodgiest
  1. (of food) heavy or uninteresting

  2. excessively formal and conventional

Origin of stodgy

C19: from stodge

Derived forms of stodgy

  • stodgily, adverb
  • stodginess, noun

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