Definition of stolid in US English:



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

    ‘a stolid bourgeois gent’
    • ‘Most intriguing, though, is that phalanx of stolid men in colourless suits forever behind and beside him.’
    • ‘Devotees of classical music don't ordinarily associate the American south with the more stolid traditions of European art forms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then I realized I actually agree with the sentiment, if not the stolid expression of it.’
    • ‘Only the most stolid of Republicans came out to vote, and they voted for the most stolid Republican.’
    • ‘The man sitting to her left with the black ooze dripping from his pores was quite intimidating with his stolid, emotionless face.’
    • ‘You may know that behind the stolid face of the busboy, foodworker and hotel maid there's a story.’
    • ‘The loss of nearly a generation of their children in the concentration camps numbed rural Afrikaners into a stolid hatred of British authority.’
    • ‘If you want a symbol of Britishness, look no further than the stolid calm that came over London last Thursday.’
    • ‘He was as solid as his father and as stolid as his uncle: an opening bat who could bowl a useful off-break.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is scant enthusiasm for a real leader; they seem stolid, harrumphing about white papers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To British ears, your claim not to read polls sounds like stolid indifference to public opinion, not moral strength and political courage.’
    • ‘She evinces a stolid seriousness way beyond her youthful appearance.’
    • ‘Those Romans' stolid inclination towards straight lines meant that if a topographical outcrop loomed in their way, they simply built up and over it.’
    • ‘After an initial consensus that it was daring and different, a new consensus emerged that it was stolid and indifferent.’
    • ‘I remember her as being a rather slow, stolid girl.’
    • ‘Once considered a caretaker, the stolid former Air Force commander has lasted in office nearly a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘It used to be stolid and ‘small c’ conservative, though I've suspected it of more recently indulging in trendy left-wingery.’
    impassive, phlegmatic, unemotional, calm, placid, unexcitable
    View synonyms


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