Definition of stodgy in US English:



  • 1Dull and uninspired.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.’
    • ‘No stodgy sandwiches, lukewarm tea or coffee from a flask.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Britain was once the nation of a notoriously dowdy pallet - stodgy pies, marmite, and spaghetti on toast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Expecting some stodgy Slavic comfort food, I was surprised to get deep-fried fish goujons with sweet and sour sauce.’
    • ‘Lunch will not be a bowl of additive-laden, over-salty canned soup or a stodgy sandwich thickly smeared with butter.’
    • ‘We might have returned to our un-distinguished pre-war cuisine, or another writer might have rescued us from overcooked cabbage and stodgy puddings.’
    • ‘Their salted and smoked meat was useful to give savour to otherwise stodgy dishes, and was especially important for the poor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lumpy custard, stodgy stew and cold mashed potato used to be stock jokes in British playgrounds about old-style school dinners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you fancy a pudding, make sure it's not something stodgy that could leave you sluggish and immobile.’
    • ‘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’
    indigestible, starchy, filling, heavy, solid, substantial, lumpy, leaden
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