- 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
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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.
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Examples from the Web for staidly
The atmosphere, however, was strange and staidly conventional.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Vivie walked quite firmly and staidly from the tram halt to the Walckers' house in the Rue Haute.Mrs. Warren's Daughter
Sir Harry Johnston
Hand in hand, they skated together, laughingly at first, then staidly talking in a low tone.Hans Brinker
Mary Mapes Dodge
As they rode back to camp behind the staidly moving herd, Conrad asked Peters if he knew what caused the stampede.The Delafield Affair
Florence Finch Kelly
But the Major was eminently respectable, and his outlook upon life was staidly conservative.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
- of a settled, sedate, and steady character
- rare permanent
C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1
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Word Origin and History for staidly
1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.
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