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
Related formsstodg·i·ly, adverbstodg·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for stodgy

Antonyms for stodgy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stodgy

Contemporary Examples of stodgy

Historical Examples of stodgy

  • But our foggy English climate and stodgy people call for it.

  • Norway is the home of the Ibsenian or stodgy, as distinguished from the stagey, Drama.

    This Giddy Globe

    Oliver Herford

  • It would have been artificial, and stodgy, too, to call her "your present wife."

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • So let us hear no more complaints of stodgy, clammy, “puddingy” rice.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • Was this new and stodgy edition of The Raven going to stay forever?

British Dictionary definitions for stodgy


adjective stodgier or stodgiest

(of food) heavy or uninteresting
excessively formal and conventional
Derived Formsstodgily, adverbstodginess, noun

Word Origin for stodgy

C19: from stodge
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Word Origin and History for stodgy

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