- 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
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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
His theatre is beginning to pander to foreign tastes, to be ashamed of itself, to take on respectability and stodginess.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
- (of food) heavy or uninteresting
- excessively formal and conventional
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).