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stagy

or stagey

[stey-jee] /ˈsteɪ dʒi/
adjective, stagier, stagiest.
1.
of, relating to, or suggestive of the stage.
2.
theatrical; unnatural.
Origin of stagy
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; stage + -y1
Related forms
stagily, adverb
staginess, noun
unstagily, adverb
unstaginess, noun
unstagy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stagy
Historical Examples
  • He seized Bella and hugged her to his bosom in a most stagy manner.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson
  • He told her he loved it twice as well as the stilted, stagy "Anita Adair."

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • If I detest anything, it is the unconventional, the stagy, the mysterious.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • The attorney brushed back his mane with a stagy movement of his hand, and turned upon Arkansas.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • I felt a chill go over me—the whole business was tricky, stagy; of a piece with the highfalutin talk.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • He condemns all that is affected or stagy; indeed his whole book is an eloquent plea for quiet and restraint.

  • Perhaps this was because he had purged himself of the stagy element in his abundant theatric exercise earlier.

  • And they hire stage actors to interpret the stagiest of stage plots in as stagy a way as they know how.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • "Go on up-stairs and dress," she said in a stagy voice when we had come within earshot.

    At the Age of Eve

    Kate Trimble Sharber
British Dictionary definitions for stagy

stagy

/ˈsteɪdʒɪ/
adjective stagier, stagiest
1.
excessively theatrical or dramatic
Derived Forms
stagily, adverb
staginess, noun
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