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

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

  • The woman's excitement had changed into stolidness, and she showed far less feeling in the matter than Kate had done.

British Dictionary definitions for stolidness


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 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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