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

  • adj. Dull, unimaginative, and commonplace.
  • adj. Prim or pompous; stuffy: "Why is the middle-class so stodgy—so utterly without a sense of humor!” ( Katherine Mansfield). See Synonyms at dull.
  • adj. Indigestible and starchy; heavy: stodgy food.
  • adj. Solidly built; stocky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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.


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