Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive: "the incredibly massive and stolid bureaucracy of the Soviet system” ( John Kenneth Galbraith).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hopelessly insensible or stupid; not easily aroused or excited; dull; impassive; foolish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Heavy; dull; stupid; not easily moved; lacking in or destitute of susceptibility; denoting dullness or impassiveness: as, a stolid person; a stolid appearance.
  • Synonyms Doltish, wooden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited

Etymologies

Latin stolidus, stupid; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stolidus ("foolish, obtuse, slow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Joe asked, his expression stolid, only his eyes showing his nervous tension as he continually glanced from side to side, making certain nothing could creep up on them.

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  • She stared at him in stolid wonder, but her only reply was to hold the door wider and say: "Come in an 'set wun't ye?"

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  • But though young, I was neither nervous nor imaginative; I was inclined to be what is termed stolid, that is to say, extremely matter-of-fact and practical.

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  • As she stood there in stolid embarrassment polishing the shiny bar, Miss Levering clutched the tray to steady it, and with the other hand she pulled the pillow higher.

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  • She swallowed bile and willed the pill to dissolve faster, sneaking a glance at her fellow commanding officers, all arrayed around the readout in stolid contemplation. “Looks like the blast points were precise, ” one of the men observed, pointing out charred circles on the readout with his stylus. “They maximized human casualties rather than structural damage. ” “That makes sense, ” a blue-eyed woman replied. “That†™ s one of the few plants that isn†™ t automated.

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  • " Joe asked, his expression stolid, only his eyes showing his nervous tension as he continually glanced from side to side, making certain nothing could creep up on them.

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  • Ned had come to call the stolid German servant, was not present.

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  • The word literally means coarse or thick, and may suggest the idea of stolid insensibility as the last stage in the downward progress.

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  • Stiff in midsummer green, the stolid hillsides
    March with their trees, dependable and stanch,
    Except where here and there a lawless maple
    Thrusts to the sky one red, rebellious branch.

    - Louis Untermeyer, 'Rebels'.

    September 22, 2009

  • While stolido, in Italian, means idiot.

    September 9, 2008

  • See Bed.

    July 21, 2007

  • a word that looks like its meaning, in my opinion

    July 20, 2007