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staid

[ steyd ]

adjective

  1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.

    Synonyms: solemn, decorous, serious, proper

    Antonyms: frivolous, wild

  2. fixed, settled, or permanent.


verb

  1. Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay 1.

staid

/ steɪd /

adjective

  1. of a settled, sedate, and steady character
  2. rare.
    permanent


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Derived Forms

  • ˈstaidly, adverb
  • ˈstaidness, noun

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Other Words From

  • staidly adverb
  • staidness noun
  • un·staid adjective
  • un·staidly adverb
  • un·staidness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of staid1

First recorded in 1535–45 for adjective use

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Word History and Origins

Origin of staid1

C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

At the beginning of the war, Alathea was sent from London to live with her rather staid grandfather Lord Fitzalan and maiden Aunt Magdalen at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, her mother visiting rarely.

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As she chronicles, she held deep insecurities about her own place in her husband’s political orbit, Washington’s staid protocols and the Navy hierarchy.

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He has vowed to eschew many of the ceremony’s staid traditions and make the broadcast look like an actual movie.

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Mondale’s young age established his ties to the “new politics,” but his staid style placed him in the realm of the old.

Most political memoirs these days are staid, buttoned-down affairs, written with an eye on a higher office or a place in history.

The superhero medium is so staid that temporary exposure to a black lead is considered groundbreaking.

New entryway plans look more Rodeo Drive than staid tropical hideaway.

The staid old NFL soon faced competition from the upstart AFL, which, of course, put a team in New York.

But for all its madcap zaniness, Woke Up Lonely easily refutes the idea that the novel is a staid, obsolete form of writing.

That's right, I said it: this is a landmark victory for the forces of staid, bourgeois sexual morality.

Lucy clapped her hands with delight, her more staid cousin was rapt in pleased astonishment.

After that the little girl staid mostly with the stewardess, and was comparatively happy.

How long they would have staid is uncertain if there had not come a second knock at the kitchen door.

My wife not very well went home, I staid late there seeing them play at cards, and so home to bed.

So home, calling in at my father's, but staid not, my father and mother being both forth.

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