1823, "thick, semi-solid," from stodge "to stuff, satiate" (1670s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow imitative. Meaning "dull, heavy" developed by 1874 from use in reference to food (1841).
a stodgy pudding served up when everyone was already full
a stodgy dinner party
why is the middle class so stodgy, so utterly without a sense of humor?