[ stol-id ]
/ ˈstɒl ɪd /


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

Examples from the Web for stolidness

  • In spite of his self-control and a belief in his stolidness, a lump swelled in his throat.

    The Cottage of Delight|Will N. Harben
  • The woman's excitement had changed into stolidness, and she showed far less feeling in the matter than Kate had done.

  • Under all his stolidness he is every inch a man, as I have said many times before.

  • The announcement that the wound was not fatal did not seem to move his stolidness in the least.

    Tom Slade|Percy K. Fitzhugh

British Dictionary definitions for stolidness


/ (ˈstɒlɪd) /


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 stolidness


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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