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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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  • 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
  • The point lends itself to straining by its nature, though it is staidly mentioned by the staid biographer who has been quoted.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
British Dictionary definitions for staidly


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 staidly



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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