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She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow’s.
  having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly


of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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  • She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow’s.
  • She has a stolid, humorless personality.
  • It is a solid but stolid building.
  • her face showed nothing but stolid indifference

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  • Maine went stolidly on with his list.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head,
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • They all failed to understand my gestures; some were simply stolid, some thought it was a jest and laughed at me.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He is a stolid man, in his sixties, with a mustache and an authoritative air.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • Fernando said stolidly.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The youth walked stolidly into the midst of the mob, and with his flag in his hands took a stand as if he expected an attempt to push him to the ground.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • for the first time he knew the stolid, stubborn indifference of the inanimate.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • That’s a direct order, Miss Boon," said the Agent stolidly.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • She got so she received all things with the stolidness of the earth which soaks up urine and perfume with the same indifference.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • She wasn’t as tall as the officer but her presence was remarkably severe and stolid and it didn’t seem as though she were yielding any room.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Jonathan Ashby stood stolidly beside Mercy, waiting for his chance to be the rescuer.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The crowd moved outside, where loudly and profanely they attacked the stolid immovability of a system run amuck.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The Grzemkowski presence reverts to stolid business, the voice becomes police-gruff.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I follow the curve around the Parliament Building with its form of a squatting Victorian dowager, darkish pink, skirts huffed out, stolid.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jamie, possibly the least clumsy person I had ever seen in my life, kept his head down and ate stolidly through the diatribe, though his cheeks flushed hotly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They were constitutionally different, it was obvious now, Kit having more of Alan’s stolidity — Ruby would call it bourgeois — but in any case Kit was tired of the spirals, was exhausted by the deep cleaning Ruby tried to do every time they talked.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • After I’d eaten, stolidly, I gathered the week’s accumulation of newspapers on and around my bed and rolled them up and put them in the trash basket; retrieved from the cupboard my bleach-rotted shirt and—after checking to see the bag was tied tight—slipped it into another bag from the Asian market (leaving it open, for carrying ease, also in case I happened to spot a helpful brick).
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Jurgis took it stolidly—he had made up his mind to it by this time.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He kept his soldiers moving, darting from star to star, wallsliding to get behind and above the stolid Salamanders.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Men are beyond fear, working stolidly and patiently, with minds made up to worst.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Streams flowed down the mountains from stolid glaciers and glistening snowpacks.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Was it possible that this stolidly respectable person was of the same blood as one of the most notorious criminals in the country?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The saloonkeeper looked at him with a flat, heavy glance, a glance that showed full consciousness of agony, of injustice—and a stolid, bovine indifference.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • My shyness and gaucherie became worse, too, making me stolid and dumb when people came to the house.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The stolidity of the German woman underwent a sudden change.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • And the poor creature dropped on his knees before the stolid murderer, and clasped his appealing hands.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • MRS. PEARCE [stolidly] That’s what I mean, sir.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • It was a heavy, solid construction designed for stolid floating, not for navigating, though I suppose that if we had been thirty-two to row we could have made some headway.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Grey Beaver looked on stolidly while the white man wielded the whip.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I’m stolid.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • He was a big, fat, stolid youth of twenty, with a round, expressionless face, and a painful lack of conversational gifts.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Havermeyer’s stolid, dull face furrowed with consternation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Above them was the ceiling, and it was the ceiling Laila was drawn to, the dark markings of mold spreading across it like ink on a dress, the crack in the plaster that was a stolid smile or a frown, depending on which end of the room you looked at it from.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • For two hours, Roran watched the opposing sides face each other-the agitated lanterns milling helplessly against the stolid torches.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • To Ethan there was something vaguely ominous in this stolid rejection of free food and warmth, and he wondered what had happened on the drive to nerve Jotham to such stoicism.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I stood beneath his photograph with my brief case in hand and smiled triumphantly into his stolid black peasant’s face.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Behind George, Will grew along, dumpy and stolid.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • She spent so much time crouching in the cellar that the girls would have fared badly but for Mrs. Meade’s stolid old Betsy.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There was a kind of faint convulsion in the stolid face.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The accused man sat so rigorously in his chair, so unmovable and stolid.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The gentleman from Tellson’s had nothing left for it but to empty his glass with an air of stolid desperation, settle his odd little flaxen wig at the ears, and follow the waiter to Miss Manette’s apartment.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "Well," the orator began again stolidly and with even increased dignity, after waiting for the laughter in the room to subside.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Surprising how much like a small, begging child she makes me feel, simply by her scowl, her stolidity; how importunate and whiny.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Puli, seemingly unaware, continued eating stolidly.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • And old Jemima, stolid in temper and solid in bulk, kept up a long and subdued grumble, while she stirred the stock-pot methodically over the fire.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Bigger sat stolidly, trying not to let the crowd detect any fear in him.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
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