Definition of stodgy in English:



  • 1(of food) heavy, filling, and high in carbohydrates.

    ‘he loves stodgy puddings’
    • ‘Restaurants so often let themselves down at the last by serving unimaginative or downright stodgy desserts.’
    • ‘Lumpy custard, stodgy stew and cold mashed potato used to be stock jokes in British playgrounds about old-style school dinners.’
    • ‘Britain was once the nation of a notoriously dowdy pallet - stodgy pies, marmite, and spaghetti on toast.’
    • ‘At this time of year, around when the clocks go back, I start to feel really tired and depressed, and I find myself binging on stodgy foods and then I put on pounds.’
    • ‘Two tarts, with the sort of over-refrigerated, crunch-free pastry that you get on supermarket tarts (wavy edge included), the pastry of similar thickness to the stodgy filling which had cracked on top.’
    • ‘It is published just after Christmas, to boot, when we have all each eaten so much stodgy food that we require four attempts to get up from the sofa.’
    • ‘Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.’
    • ‘We might have returned to our un-distinguished pre-war cuisine, or another writer might have rescued us from overcooked cabbage and stodgy puddings.’
    • ‘And the desserts are an oddly dismal lot, from an apple pie in which the fruit is stiff, the crust sodden, to a stodgy strawberry shortcake on hard, stale biscuits.’
    • ‘No stodgy sandwiches, lukewarm tea or coffee from a flask.’
    • ‘Our dining establishment, The Riverside Cafe, was just what you need on a cold rainy day - puddings and stodgy meals galore, with nary a vegetable in sight.’
    • ‘That turned out to be the start of an afternoon of stodgy chocolate cake, sugary donuts and a bag of free pastries from the coffee shop where they're getting to know our order before we even give it.’
    • ‘The stodgy food and physical inactivity meant that chronic constipation was universal; and most patients looked as if they had filtered their food through their shirts, blouses, and sweaters.’
    • ‘Expecting some stodgy Slavic comfort food, I was surprised to get deep-fried fish goujons with sweet and sour sauce.’
    • ‘I would suggest replacing the breadcrumbs with rice or couscous, which are less stodgy, and again varies the grain away from bread.’
    • ‘Their salted and smoked meat was useful to give savour to otherwise stodgy dishes, and was especially important for the poor.’
    • ‘Only the sizzling Mongolian lamb hotpot, mayo-slaughtered wasabi prawns, the stodgy dumplings and leaden-battered soft-shell crab were truly terrible.’
    • ‘Detox your cupboards and fridge of stodgy, calorie-packed winter comfort food’
    • ‘If you fancy a pudding, make sure it's not something stodgy that could leave you sluggish and immobile.’
    • ‘Lunch will not be a bowl of additive-laden, over-salty canned soup or a stodgy sandwich thickly smeared with butter.’
    indigestible, starchy, filling, heavy, solid, substantial, lumpy, leaden
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    1. 1.1 Dull and uninspired; lacking originality or excitement.
      ‘some of the material is rather stodgy and top-heavy with facts’
      • ‘The two aunts, originally meant to be stodgy and throwbacks to the Victorian age, come across immediately as warm, lovable eccentrics.’
      • ‘Mastering Data Modeling is an innovative book that treats with humor a subject that is so often stodgy and dull.’
      • ‘Anyone holding the view that history is by definition boring and stodgy stuff will be heartened and intrigued by this account.’
      • ‘I know that the kids lap up every last bit of detail, and they are the prime readership after all, but for me it's a rather stodgy and tedious read.’
      • ‘Most of my students used informal, asymmetrical balance, as formal balance can seem stodgy and dull.’
      • ‘Although some of the reviews complain that the film lacks Austen's social observation and complexity of characterisation, this just confirms my view that most film reviewers are rather stodgy.’
      • ‘Any criticisms of England's boring and stodgy play were crushed as the team surged forward, sending The Walkabout crowd into a screaming frenzy.’
      • ‘White players are perceived as the athletic equivalent of white businessmen and politicians: stodgy, dull and disciplined.’
      • ‘Right now, compared with everything else that's happening on the Web, AOL is boring, stodgy, and stuck in the mud.’
      • ‘Conversely, great skiing can't compensate for stodgy service or uninspiring interiors.’
      • ‘Boring, stodgy natural gas companies were one major economic player ignored in the tech boom.’
      • ‘On the cultural end, I found that people in either city were quite ready to dismiss the production of the rival town as stodgy and unimaginative, or conversely, flashy and empty.’
      • ‘Otherwise, it's a great track that, even despite the film's 3-hour running time, never becomes stodgy or boring.’
      • ‘There's something about the stodgy, unimaginative tunes and sweet-as-a-bucket-of-syrup lyrics that somehow feel like being served an enormous hot breakfast.’
      • ‘‘When we moved the 10, everyone said the dull and stodgy BBC would get hammered every night by ITN,’ he said.’
      • ‘Ironically the only covers which seem to fall flat here are the film tie-in editions which look stodgy next to the originally designed covers.’
      • ‘Samsung has transformed itself from a stodgy Asian original-equipment manufacturer into one of the hottest brands in the world.’
      • ‘The openness of the new economy promised by the Internet strikes fear across the mahogany board tables of Japan Inc., threatening the cozy existence of stodgy, old economy companies.’
      • ‘There are still a great many stodgy lumps of plot exposition to digest, but this time around they don't seem quite as long-winded and interfere less with the overall pace of the story-telling.’
      • ‘It is said with truth that Australia assumed the stodgy aspects of nineteenth century British life.’
      boring, dull, uninteresting, dreary, deadly
      boring, dull, deadly dull, dull as ditchwater, uninteresting, dreary, turgid, tedious, dry, wearisome, heavy-going, unimaginative, uninspired, unexciting, unoriginal, derivative, monotonous, humdrum
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    2. 1.2US Bulky or heavy in appearance.
      ‘this stodgy three-storey building’
      • ‘His glass screen and playful elevational treatments act as a determinedly piquant foil to the essentially stodgy building form.’