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staid

[ steyd ]
/ steɪd /
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adjective

of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
fixed, settled, or permanent.

verb

Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay1.

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Origin of staid

First recorded in 1535–45 for adjective use
1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for staid

staid
/ (steɪd) /

adjective

of a settled, sedate, and steady character
rare permanent
staidly, adverbstaidness, noun
C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1
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