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  1. not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
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Origin of stolid

First recorded in 1590–1600, stolid is from the Latin word stolidus inert, dull, stupid
Related formssto·lid·i·ty [stuh-lid-i-tee] /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/, stol·id·ness, nounstol·id·ly, adverb
Can be confusedsolid stolid

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Related Words for stolid

impassive, blunt, bovine, dense, dry, dull, dumb, heavy, inactive, indifferent, inert, lumpish, matter-of-fact, obtuse, passive, phlegmatic, slow, stoic, supine, unemotional

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Historical Examples of stolid

  • A box of candy against a good cigar, they are a stolid married couple.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But if stolid, Timmins had his fair share of a certain slow pugnacity.

  • How stolid they were and how matter of fact and how sensible.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Hiram said not a word, but he sat looking at the other in stolid silence.

  • Eccles faced him unwillingly, with a stolid front but shifty eyes.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for stolid


  1. showing little or no emotion or interest
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Derived Formsstolidity (stɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or stolidness, nounstolidly, adverb

Word Origin for stolid

C17: from Latin stolidus dull; compare Latin stultus stupid; see still 1
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Word Origin and History for stolid

1560s (implied in stolidity), from Middle French stolide (16c.), from Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable," related to stultus "foolish," from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)).

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