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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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  • It would have been artificial, and stodgy, too, to call her "your present wife."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • But our foggy English climate and stodgy people call for it.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Sometimes I hate Alan; he's conventional and stodgy—the funny thing is that he admires Sheila.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Norway is the home of the Ibsenian or stodgy, as distinguished from the stagey, Drama.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • Strange how the Celtic leaven rises in the stodgy composition of British nature!

    Bonnie Scotland A.R. Hope Moncrieff
British Dictionary definitions for stodgy

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 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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