Definition of stick-in-the-mud in English:



  • A person who is dull and unadventurous and who resists change.

    ‘they see many of their colleagues as stick-in-the-muds and sentimental neanderthals’
    as modifier ‘the more stick-in-the-mud members objected to the name’
    • ‘Every conservationist is in danger of being labelled reactionary, a stick-in-the-mud, backward-looking.’
    • ‘And then there are the old stick-in-the-muds who come up with the most interesting objections to having their course info online.’
    • ‘But it's the stick-in-the-muds who become increasingly irritated and bewildered about everything around them.’
    • ‘The French stick-in-the-muds were pummeled by English archers.’
    • ‘It is the kind of move that makes most London orchestras look like stick-in-the-muds, adrift in the thinking of the last century.’
    • ‘Sometimes I think I'm too much of a stick-in-the-mud for her but we seem to complement each other.’
    • ‘Even now, you shouldn't be a stick-in-the-mud.’
    • ‘I don't want to become an old stick-in-the-mud.’
    • ‘I'm not a particular fan of outlandish avant-garde food, but this selection was too limited even for an old stick-in-the-mud like me.’
    • ‘Desperate to escape her hometown for the bright lights, she looks on Heather as a stick-in-the-mud, as bad as her boyfriend.’
    • ‘Now call me a stick-in-the-mud, but that sounds like laziness and an open invitation to wheel out every prejudice under the sun.’
    • ‘So why then, if he is doing all of this, is he criticised almost universally for being a stick-in-the-mud?’
    • ‘Come to think of it, both men are low-income stick-in-the-muds, hamstrung by past women, unable to escape dark, stifling homes, and psychologically unstable.’
    • ‘I've no doubt he's an old stick-in-the-mud at times, but he's also the head of your chapter.’
    • ‘I may be a softie and a sappy old romantic, but after hearing that, only a heartless stick-in-the-mud would think hubby Rick is a big fat jerk without a shred of sensitivity!’
    • ‘So, if you prefer to be an old stick-in-the-mud, just remember that your devotion to a few financial suppliers is costing you the best part of £3,000 every year.’
    • ‘Even my Grandma thinks I'm a weirdo stick-in-the-mud but then again she likes to smoke cigars and brew her own beer.’
    • ‘I'm no stick-in-the-mud, but I like my Easter Eggs chocolate and my hot cross buns fruit-filled and that's that.’
    • ‘But this was Meg, the most stubborn, stick-in-the-mud that Val knew of, and someone who hated any type of fuss being made.’
    • ‘He is perhaps European film's most celebrated stick-in-the-mud.’
    fogey, old fogey, conservative, museum piece, fossil, dinosaur, troglodyte
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