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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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  • Here, where endurance and stolidity are sum and substance, the fevered progress of computer technology is a bit out of place.
  • Even when she is distressed, there is stolidity and determination about her.
  • With the same immovable stolidity with which he has watched the trial of his case, the prisoner received the verdict of the jury.
  • stolidity, mediocrity and brilliancy jostle and surge together.
  • It may be stolidity as well as courage that stands stock still and fights.
British Dictionary definitions for stolidity


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 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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