Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dull, unimaginative, and commonplace. synonym: dull.
  • adjective Old-fashioned and stuffy.
  • adjective Indigestible and starchy; heavy.
  • adjective Solidly built; stocky.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dull; stupid; crude; thickheaded: as, a stodgy way of looking at things.
  • Heavy; lumpy; distended.
  • Crammed together roughly; lumpy; crude and indigestible.
  • Wet; miry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Prov. Eng. Wet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of food having a thick, semi-solid consistency; glutinous; heavy on the stomach.
  • adjective dull, old-fashioned

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

  • adjective excessively conventional and unimaginative and hence dull
  • adjective heavy and starchy and hard to digest
  • adjective (used pejoratively) out of fashion; old fashioned

Etymologies

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

[From stodge, thick filling food, from stodge, to cram.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown, but possibly from stodge ("to stuff"), from stog, or a blend of stuffy and podgy.

Examples

  • "You can find great opportunities in stodgy old-fashioned blue-chip stocks."

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  • But now, fully entrenched in stodgy-hearted adulthood, I'm more inclined toward The Power of More-Than-One, especially when the goal is to make a significant difference.

    Sob Story

  • But now, fully entrenched in stodgy-hearted adulthood, I'm more inclined toward The Power of More-Than-One, especially when the goal is to make a significant difference.

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  • It is a known quantity, even if it was known as a stodgy company for a while.

    Matthew Yglesias » Corporate Friends

  • It is a known quantity, even if it was known as a stodgy company for a while.

    Matthew Yglesias » Corporate Friends

  • It is by no accident that the British -- whom foreigners delight to call stodgy and slow-witted, -- have produced more high-class poetry than any other nation in the history of the world.

    The Advance of English Poetry in the Twentieth Century

  • He could eat, really eat, if it was part of a game, but he could not stodge just to feel stodgy, which is what most children like better than anything else; the next best thing being to talk about it.

    Peter and Wendy

  • At all times reverent to more than twenty years of Mario platforming, NSMB Wii never feels tired, repetitive or stodgy, which is something of an achievement unto itself.

    Home Theater Forum

  • I know I was one, but I suspect that I have grown into the kind of stodgy adult who is going to have a real problem with crackly voices, "fur, where there was no fur before" and any kind of freak-outs that involve violation, destruction of premises or partial nudity.

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  • I know I was one, but I suspect that I have grown into the kind of stodgy adult who is going to have a real problem with crackly voices, "fur, where there was no fur before" and any kind of freak-outs that involve violation, destruction of premises or partial nudity.

    World of Warcraft punishment causes kid to lose his shit, abuse remote control

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