Adjective "stolid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Most intriguing, though, is that phalanx of stolid men in colourless suits forever behind and beside him.'
  3. 'Those Romans' stolid inclination towards straight lines meant that if a topographical outcrop loomed in their way, they simply built up and over it.'
  4. 'To British ears, your claim not to read polls sounds like stolid indifference to public opinion, not moral strength and political courage.'
  5. 'After an initial consensus that it was daring and different, a new consensus emerged that it was stolid and indifferent.'
  6. 'You may know that behind the stolid face of the busboy, foodworker and hotel maid there's a story.'
  7. 'There is scant enthusiasm for a real leader; they seem stolid, harrumphing about white papers.'
  8. 'I remember her as being a rather slow, stolid girl.'
  9. 'She evinces a stolid seriousness way beyond her youthful appearance.'
  10. 'He was as solid as his father and as stolid as his uncle: an opening bat who could bowl a useful off-break.'


1. not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.

More examples(as adjective)

"televisions can be stolid by standards."

"dollars can be stolid as players."

"prime ministers can be stolid."

"people can be stolid."

"markets can be stolid."

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