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Unknown, but possibly from stodge (to stuff), from stog, or a blend of stuffy +‎ podgy.



stodgy (comparative stodgier or more stodgy, superlative stodgiest or most stodgy)

  1. (of food) Having a thick, semi-solid consistency; glutinous; heavy on the stomach.
  2. 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)[1]
      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."
  3. (dated) Badly put together.