stick-in-the-mud


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stick-in-the-mud

(stĭk′ĭn-thə-mŭd′)
n. pl. stick-in-the-muds Informal
One who lacks initiative, imagination, or enthusiasm.

stick-in-the-mud

n
informal a staid or predictably conservative person who lacks initiative or imagination

stick′-in-the-mud`



n.
an old fogy.
[1725–35]

stick-in-the-mud

- Based on the notion of "to stick in the mud, to be content to remain in an abject condition."
See also related terms for remain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stick-in-the-mud - someone who moves slowly; "in England they call a slowpoke a slowcoach"
dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke, drone - someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
Adj.1.stick-in-the-mud - (used pejoratively) out of fashion; old fashioned; "moss-grown ideas about family life"
unfashionable, unstylish - not in accord with or not following current fashion; "unfashionable clothes"; "melodrama of a now unfashionable kind"

stick-in-the-mud

noun (Informal) (old) fogey, conservative, reactionary, stick (informal), dinosaur, die-hard, fuddy-duddy (informal), Colonel Blimp, sobersides a stick-in-the-mud who prefers the old, tried and tested methods

stick-in-the-mud

noun
Informal. An old-fashioned person who is reluctant to change or innovate:
Slang: square.
Translations

stick-in-the-mud

(inf)
nMuffel m (inf)
adjrückständig; parents etc alsomuffelig (inf)

stick-in-the-mud

[ˈstɪkɪnðəˌmʌd] n (fam) → retrogrado/a

stick1

(stik) past tense, past participle stuck (stak) verb
1. to push (something sharp or pointed) into or through something. She stuck a pin through the papers to hold them together; Stop sticking your elbow into me!
2. (of something pointed) to be pushed into or through something. Two arrows were sticking in his back.
3. to fasten or be fastened (by glue, gum etc). He licked the flap of the envelope and stuck it down; These labels don't stick very well; He stuck (the broken pieces of) the vase together again; His brothers used to call him Bonzo and the name has stuck.
4. to (cause to) become fixed and unable to move or progress. The car stuck in the mud; The cupboard door has stuck; I'll help you with your arithmetic if you're stuck.
ˈsticker noun
an adhesive label or sign bearing eg a design, political message etc, for sticking eg on a car's window etc. The car sticker read `Blood donors needed'.
ˈsticky adjective
1. able, or likely, to stick or adhere to other surfaces. He mended the torn book with sticky tape; sticky sweets.
2. (of a situation or person) difficult; awkward.
ˈstickily adverb
ˈstickiness noun
sticking-plasterplasterˈstick-in-the-mud noun
a person who never does anything new.
come to a sticky end
to have an unpleasant fate or death.
stick at
to persevere with (work etc). He must learn to stick at his job.
stick by
to support or be loyal to (a person). His friends stuck by him when he was in trouble.
stick it out
to endure a situation for as long as necessary.
stick out
1. to (cause to) project; His front teeth stick out; He stuck out his tongue.
2. to be noticeable. She has red hair that sticks out in a crowd.
stick one's neck out
to take a risk.
stick to/with
not to abandon. We've decided to stick to our previous plan; If you stick to me, I'll stick to you.
stick together
1. to (cause to) be fastened together. We'll stick the pieces together; The rice is sticking together.
2. (of friends etc) to remain loyal to each other. They've stuck together all these years.
stick up for
to speak in defence of (a person etc). When my father is angry with me, my mother always sticks up for me.
References in classic literature ?
He said it was very true; and then began to praise the life, and tell what a pleasure it was to get on shore with money in his pocket, and spend it like a man, and buy apples, and swagger, and surprise what he called stick-in-the-mud boys.
These festival-goers came prepared with a dinghy; I'm such a stick-in-the-mud it's no wonder I've got no friends.
Despite their reputation as a stick-in-the-mud, most plant species can move some part of their anatomy, explains William K.