One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Food that is heavy, filling, and high in carbohydrates.‘she ate her way through a plateful of stodge’
- ‘There's plenty of good stodge on the menu, including favourites such as scampi, macaroni cheese, sausages, lasagne, steak and hand-cut chips.’
- ‘For supper tonight, three-quarters of us will be eating mainly stodge - a pile of carbohydrates.’
- ‘I've noticed the return of a familiar tightness in the belt area over the past few weeks, which might not be entirely unrelated to the amount of cold-weather stodge that I've been eating recently.’
- ‘This time, he put together a menu that was all his own: it was very British food, but executed without a hint of stodge.’
- ‘Most importantly, muffins are not the lardy stodge capsules full of chocolate chips and alien berries which appear to have invaded our shores from America over the last few years.’
- ‘Having endured the worst of American food for the best part of our holiday, with huge portions of inedible, sugar-laden stodge, this was the straw that broke the camel's back.’
- ‘This is comfort food at its best, whether you crave warmth, sweetness and stodge or simply want to feed your nostalgia.’
- ‘If it's stodge and solace you need, then the hearty Scottish breakfast will do the job.’
- ‘If you're poor in this world, this is how you get your daily energy: a big pile of carbohydrates with a tiny amount of proteins, fats, spice or salt to leaven the stodge.’
- ‘A former army chef has been drafted in to work with schools around the area, to see what can be done to make school dinners, traditionally that byword for stodge, more nutritious.’
- ‘Memories of over-priced stodge from white vans are more than enough to make even the staunchest burger lover lose his appetite.’
- ‘There is much said about how thick or thin a risotto should be, it should be just as you like it, but not a lump of over-cooked stodge.’
- ‘Toddlers, whose television-watching and eating habits are decided for them, are less susceptible to the lure of marketing men than their parents, who were themselves raised on a diet of stodge.’
- ‘Walking off all this stodge doesn't really involve a tour of Helsinki's historical sites, galleries or museums.’
- ‘In the winter it is more probable we will eat up our stodge, whatever the slight change in temperature.’
- ‘From the bruschetta and garlic bread starters to the pizza and pasta main courses, they were all satiating themselves on stodge.’
- ‘Offer this stodge to people before dinner and they'll eat it.’
- ‘The cravings for stodge and carbohydrates are an infallible indicator that cold weather has arrived.’
- ‘In the evening, with the group left to its own devices for once, we have our first disappointing meal, consisting mainly of flavourless stodge floating in vast amounts of grease.’
- ‘Imagine stodge in the middle of August, when all you want is a dainty cucumber sandwich and a bowl of strawberries before skipping off for a game of tennis.’
2Dull and uninspired material or work.
- ‘Instead there is a formless narrative stodge, a summary report of a life, high on biographical fact and very low on the literary qualities he valued most.’
- ‘Compared with the stodge of American papers, their sheer inertness, what's on offer in England never fails to amaze me.’
Late 17th century (as a verb in the sense ‘stuff to stretching point’): symbolic, suggested by stuff and podge.
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