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stodgy

[stoj-ee] /ˈstɒdʒ i/
adjective, stodgier, stodgiest.
1.
heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring:
a stodgy Victorian novel.
2.
of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
3.
stocky; thick-set.
4.
old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional:
a stodgy old gentleman.
5.
dull; graceless; inelegant:
a stodgy business suit.
Origin of stodgy
1815-1825
1815-25; stodge + -y1
Related forms
stodgily, adverb
stodginess, noun
Synonyms
1. tiresome, stuffy, prosaic.
Antonyms
1. lively, exciting.
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  • His theatre is beginning to pander to foreign tastes, to be ashamed of itself, to take on respectability and stodginess.

    Rosinante to the Road Again John Dos Passos
  • There is none of the usual 'stodginess' of history in his chapters.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
  • In literature we have stodginess in style and decadence in morals, and vers libre, that is to say, no verse at all.

    Your Negro Neighbor Benjamin Brawley
British Dictionary definitions for stodginess

stodgy

/ˈstɒdʒɪ/
adjective stodgier, stodgiest
1.
(of food) heavy or uninteresting
2.
excessively formal and conventional
Derived Forms
stodgily, adverb
stodginess, noun
Word Origin
C19: from stodge
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Word Origin and History for stodginess

stodgy

1823, "of a thick, semi-solid consistency," from stodge "to stuff" (1670s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow imitative. Meaning "dull, heavy" developed by 1874 from noun sense of stodge applied to food (1825).

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