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- (of food) having a thick, semi-solid consistency; glutinous; heavy on the stomach.
- dull, old-fashioned
- I gave up trying to get that stodgy club to try anything new.
- 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)
- The Southampton striker, who also struck a post late on, was being serenaded by the Wembley crowd before the end and should probably brace himself for some Lambert-mania over the coming days but, amid the eulogies, it should not overlook the deficiencies that were evident in another stodgy England performance.
- 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
- "What's the matter with you?" -- "Nothing. I'm sorry to be so damned emotional, but for six months I've been starved for beauty." -- "You used to be so matter of fact. It's very interesting to hear you say that." -- "Damn it all, I don't want to be interesting," laughed Philip. "Let's go and have a stodgy tea."