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).
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- 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
As Jess untied the Queen and helped her down, she saw Brian working hard to keep his expression stolid, to maintain the professional unseeing look all the guardsmen had long perfected.
From the label a stolid farmer smiled at her, the image as outdated as the 1950s Betty Crocker.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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. â€œLooks like the blast points were precise, â€ one of the men observed, pointing out charred circles on the readout with his stylus. â€œThey maximized human casualties rather than structural damage. â€ â€œThat makes sense, â€ a blue-eyed woman replied. â€œThatâ€ ™ s one of the few plants that isnâ€ ™ t automated.
" 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.
Ned had come to call the stolid German servant, was not present.
The word literally means coarse or thick, and may suggest the idea of stolid insensibility as the last stage in the downward progress.