Definition of stodgy in US English:

stodgy

adjective

  • 1Dull and uninspired.

    ‘some of the material is rather stodgy and top-heavy with facts’
    • ‘It is said with truth that Australia assumed the stodgy aspects of nineteenth century British life.’
    • ‘Anyone holding the view that history is by definition boring and stodgy stuff will be heartened and intrigued by this account.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mastering Data Modeling is an innovative book that treats with humor a subject that is so often stodgy and dull.’
    • ‘Any criticisms of England's boring and stodgy play were crushed as the team surged forward, sending The Walkabout crowd into a screaming frenzy.’
    • ‘The two aunts, originally meant to be stodgy and throwbacks to the Victorian age, come across immediately as warm, lovable eccentrics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Otherwise, it's a great track that, even despite the film's 3-hour running time, never becomes stodgy or boring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘When we moved the 10, everyone said the dull and stodgy BBC would get hammered every night by ITN,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Boring, stodgy natural gas companies were one major economic player ignored in the tech boom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Samsung has transformed itself from a stodgy Asian original-equipment manufacturer into one of the hottest brands in the world.’
    • ‘Conversely, great skiing can't compensate for stodgy service or uninspiring interiors.’
    • ‘Right now, compared with everything else that's happening on the Web, AOL is boring, stodgy, and stuck in the mud.’
    • ‘White players are perceived as the athletic equivalent of white businessmen and politicians: stodgy, dull and disciplined.’
    • ‘Most of my students used informal, asymmetrical balance, as formal balance can seem stodgy and dull.’
    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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  • 2British (of food) heavy, filling, and high in carbohydrates.

    • ‘No stodgy sandwiches, lukewarm tea or coffee from a flask.’
    • ‘Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.’
    • ‘If you fancy a pudding, make sure it's not something stodgy that could leave you sluggish and immobile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Restaurants so often let themselves down at the last by serving unimaginative or downright stodgy desserts.’
    • ‘I would suggest replacing the breadcrumbs with rice or couscous, which are less stodgy, and again varies the grain away from bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only the sizzling Mongolian lamb hotpot, mayo-slaughtered wasabi prawns, the stodgy dumplings and leaden-battered soft-shell crab were truly terrible.’
    • ‘Their salted and smoked meat was useful to give savour to otherwise stodgy dishes, and was especially important for the poor.’
    • ‘Britain was once the nation of a notoriously dowdy pallet - stodgy pies, marmite, and spaghetti on toast.’
    • ‘Lumpy custard, stodgy stew and cold mashed potato used to be stock jokes in British playgrounds about old-style school dinners.’
    • ‘Detox your cupboards and fridge of stodgy, calorie-packed winter comfort food’
    • ‘Lunch will not be a bowl of additive-laden, over-salty canned soup or a stodgy sandwich thickly smeared with butter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We might have returned to our un-distinguished pre-war cuisine, or another writer might have rescued us from overcooked cabbage and stodgy puddings.’
    • ‘Expecting some stodgy Slavic comfort food, I was surprised to get deep-fried fish goujons with sweet and sour sauce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    indigestible, starchy, filling, heavy, solid, substantial, lumpy, leaden
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Pronunciation

stodgy

/ˈstäjē//ˈstɑdʒi/