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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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  • stolid modern farm buildings with red-tile roofs stood in place of the huts of the ancient tribesmen.
  • He was no stolid merchant but an audacious risk-taker, and something of a rebel in early life.
  • His home is average, a stolid two-story ranch at the edge of a wheat field with a barn outside the door.
  • Be expresses bin customary stolid confidence in his success.
  • When this freedom became license society still looked on with stolid indifference.
  • He failed however, to gather any information from the butler's stolid vis age.
British Dictionary definitions for stolid


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 stolid

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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