not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.

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

Synonyms for stolid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stolidity

Historical Examples of stolidity

  • His manner, however, made no impression on Timmins's stolidity.

  • He had learnt his virtue by observing Peggy, an Indian virtue at that—stolidity.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Her stolidity of manner and her logic, ponderous and irresistible, had their effect.

  • A kind of English stolidity about them baffled him—ten of them remained ten.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • In some fashion its silence and stolidity steadied her for her errand.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for stolidity



showing little or no emotion or interest
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 stolidity


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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