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  1. not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.

Origin of stolid

First recorded in 1595–1605; from the Latin stolidus “inert, dull, stupid”

Other words for stolid

Other words from stolid

  • sto·lid·i·ty [stuh-lid-i-tee], /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/, stol·id·ness, noun
  • stol·id·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with stolid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stolid in a sentence

  • He looked eagerly into Dom Gillian's eyes, but the old man's face might have been a mask in its impassive stolidity.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
  • "I don't see why we should be ashamed of our real feelings," she said again, with a sort of sweet stolidity.

    East Angels | Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Behind her loomed Wilfred Ames with all the radiance it was possible for his stolidity to express.

    The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • He had the look of a man whose original rustic stolidity had been supercharged with cockney cunning.

  • Whatever in his nature had been unreliable became treacherous; his stolidity became sullenness.

    The Dark Star | Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for stolid


/ (ˈstɒlɪd) /

  1. showing little or no emotion or interest

Origin of stolid

C17: from Latin stolidus dull; compare Latin stultus stupid; see still 1

Derived forms of stolid

  • stolidity (stɒˈlɪdɪtɪ) or stolidness, noun
  • stolidly, adverb

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