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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 staidness
Historical Examples
  • He achieved a staidness, and calmness, and philosophic tolerance.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I never had the staidness or dignity necessary for a leader.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • There was falling into his mien somewhat more of staidness and sobriety.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • She looked older that summer, and there was a staidness in her manner.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She thought only of women of her mother's age and staidness, who wore bonnets.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I was absorbed in the life of woman—the mystery of petticoats, so different from the staidness of trousers!

  • In my very young years I had a gravity and staidness of mind and spirit not usual in children.

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  • But there was, nevertheless, in the cast of the features, something that suggested rather more than staidness.

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  • There 143 is a curious formality and staidness about him and his companions which never degenerates into shyness.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • Something might get out; Lillie might go delirious and make disclosures; and it was well to build up a character for staidness.

British Dictionary definitions for staidness


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 staidness



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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