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[steyd] /steɪd/
of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
fixed, settled, or permanent.
Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay1 .
Origin of staid
1535-45 for adj. use
Related forms
staidly, adverb
staidness, noun
unstaid, adjective
unstaidly, adverb
unstaidness, noun
1. proper, serious, decorous, solemn. Staid, sedate, settled indicate a sober and composed type of conduct. Staid indicates an ingrained seriousness and propriety that shows itself in complete decorum; a colorless kind of correctness is indicated: a staid and uninteresting family. Sedate applies to one who is noticeably quiet, composed, and sober in conduct: a sedate and dignified young man. One who is settled has become fixed, especially in a sober or determined way, in manner, judgments, or mode of life: He is young to be so settled in his ways.
1. wild, frivolous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for staider
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  • Posthumus is simply a staider Hamlet considerably idealized.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • But Marcos chose another, an older and staider animal of less value, better fitted for night work.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • Arkady's face wears a staider air, and Katia looks more animated and less retiring.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • There was happiness in it, even if it was a quieter, staider happiness than that of which he now knew himself to be capable.

  • Possibly this was one of the French customs, which somewhat scandalised the staider ladies of the English Court.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • The applause along the banks was certainly continuous enough to make someone older and staider than Winona happy.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • Or by some strange metamorphosis did the writer of the romantic Aethiopica become in later and staider years the Bishop of Tricca?

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • But an apology is due the staider reader for the seeming levity of this narrative adventure.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • All the way down to the beach she kept the three of us in such a shout of laughter that staider people glanced aside at us.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • A duller or staider set I never saw outside a Quakers' meeting.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for staider


of a settled, sedate, and steady character
(rare) permanent
Derived Forms
staidly, adverb
staidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: obsolete past participle of stay1
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Word Origin and History for staider



1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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