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[stol-id] /ˈstɒl ɪd/
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
Origin of stolid
1590-1600; < Latin stolidus inert, dull, stupid
Related forms
[stuh-lid-i-tee] /stəˈlɪd ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
stolidness, noun
stolidly, adverb
Can be confused
solid, stolid.
apathetic, lethargic, phlegmatic. Unabridged
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  • "I don't know that the stolid, emotionless person is not far the happiest," he said at last.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • Hiram said not a word, but he sat looking at the other in stolid silence.

  • Something in the stolid way he did so caused Flambeau's fierce black eyes to ramble over his companion afresh.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • Eccles faced him unwillingly, with a stolid front but shifty eyes.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Only stolid, vegetable natures like Isabelle's could endure it.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
British Dictionary definitions for stolid


showing little or no emotion or interest
Derived Forms
stolidity (stɒˈlɪdɪtɪ), stolidness, noun
stolidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stolidus dull; compare Latin stultus stupid; see still1
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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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