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[stoj-ee] /ˈstɒdʒ i/
adjective, stodgier, stodgiest.
heavy, dull, or uninteresting; tediously commonplace; boring:
a stodgy Victorian novel.
of a thick, semisolid consistency; heavy, as food.
stocky; thick-set.
old-fashioned; unduly formal and traditional:
a stodgy old gentleman.
dull; graceless; inelegant:
a stodgy business suit.
Origin of stodgy
1815-25; stodge + -y1
Related forms
stodgily, adverb
stodginess, noun
1. tiresome, stuffy, prosaic.
1. lively, exciting. Unabridged
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  • One thing they all had in common: they were tightly controlled by their stodgy, patriarchal leaders.
  • In a world of exciting new technologies, stodgy commodities seem old hat.
British Dictionary definitions for stodgy


adjective stodgier, stodgiest
(of food) heavy or uninteresting
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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