Definition of stolid in English:

stolid

adjective

  • (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation.

    • ‘To British ears, your claim not to read polls sounds like stolid indifference to public opinion, not moral strength and political courage.’
    • ‘After an initial consensus that it was daring and different, a new consensus emerged that it was stolid and indifferent.’
    • ‘There is scant enthusiasm for a real leader; they seem stolid, harrumphing about white papers.’
    • ‘He was as solid as his father and as stolid as his uncle: an opening bat who could bowl a useful off-break.’
    • ‘The loss of nearly a generation of their children in the concentration camps numbed rural Afrikaners into a stolid hatred of British authority.’
    • ‘Only the most stolid of Republicans came out to vote, and they voted for the most stolid Republican.’
    • ‘The only characters who still appear to be true to life are his stolid parents, worried that their son's broken marriage will affect their standing in society.’
    • ‘Most intriguing, though, is that phalanx of stolid men in colourless suits forever behind and beside him.’
    • ‘Once considered a caretaker, the stolid former Air Force commander has lasted in office nearly a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘Those Romans' stolid inclination towards straight lines meant that if a topographical outcrop loomed in their way, they simply built up and over it.’
    • ‘There are some who believe it is incumbent on golfers to also act as entertainers, and who despair of the South African's stolid approach to his business.’
    • ‘She evinces a stolid seriousness way beyond her youthful appearance.’
    • ‘You may know that behind the stolid face of the busboy, foodworker and hotel maid there's a story.’
    • ‘If you want a symbol of Britishness, look no further than the stolid calm that came over London last Thursday.’
    • ‘I remember her as being a rather slow, stolid girl.’
    • ‘It used to be stolid and ‘small c’ conservative, though I've suspected it of more recently indulging in trendy left-wingery.’
    • ‘But then I realized I actually agree with the sentiment, if not the stolid expression of it.’
    • ‘The man sitting to her left with the black ooze dripping from his pores was quite intimidating with his stolid, emotionless face.’
    • ‘It is as if our stolid church hymns have been put through a magical transformation and sent back to us full of life, spirit and human feeling.’
    • ‘Devotees of classical music don't ordinarily associate the American south with the more stolid traditions of European art forms.’
    impassive, phlegmatic, unemotional, calm, placid, unexcitable
    apathetic, uninterested, unimaginative, indifferent
    dull, bovine, lumpish, wooden, slow, lethargic, torpid, stupid
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Origin

Late 16th century: from obsolete French stolide or Latin stolidus (perhaps related to stultus foolish).

Pronunciation:

stolid

/ˈstäləd/