staid

[steyd]

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.

Nearby words

  1. stagnatory,
  2. stagy,
  3. stagyrite,
  4. stahl,
  5. stahl, georg ernst,
  6. stain,
  7. stained glass,
  8. stained glass ceiling,
  9. stainer,
  10. staines

Origin of staid

1535–45 for adj. use

SYNONYMS FOR staid
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.

Related forms

stay

1
[stey]

verb (used without object), stayed or staid, stay·ing.

to spend some time in a place, in a situation, with a person or group, etc.: He stayed in the army for ten years.
to continue to be as specified, as to condition or state: to stay clean.
to hold out or endure, as in a contest or task (followed by with or at): Please stay with the project as long as you can.
to keep up, as with a competitor (followed by with).
Poker. to continue in a hand by matching an ante, bet, or raise.
to stop or halt.
to pause or wait, as for a moment, before proceeding or continuing; linger or tarry.
Archaic. to cease or desist.
Archaic. to stand firm.

verb (used with object), stayed or staid, stay·ing.

to stop or halt.
to hold back, detain, or restrain, as from going further.
to suspend or delay (actions, proceedings, etc.).
to appease or satisfy temporarily the cravings of (the stomach, appetite, etc.).
to remain through or during (a period of time): We stayed two days in San Francisco.
to remain to the end of; remain beyond (usually followed by out).
Archaic. to await.

noun

the act of stopping or being stopped.
a stop, halt, or pause; a standstill.
a sojourn or temporary residence: a week's stay in Miami.
Law. a stoppage or arrest of action; suspension of a judicial proceeding: The governor granted a stay of execution.
Informal. staying power; endurance.

Origin of stay

1
1400–50; late Middle English staien < Anglo-French estaier, Old French estai-, stem of ester < Latin stāre to stand

stay

2
[stey]

noun

something used to support or steady a thing; prop; brace.
a flat strip of steel, plastic, etc., used especially for stiffening corsets, collars, etc.
a long rod running between opposite walls, heads or sides of a furnace, boiler, tank, or the like, to strengthen them against internal pressures.
stays, Chiefly British. a corset.

verb (used with object), stayed, stay·ing.

to support, prop, or hold up (sometimes followed by up).
to sustain or strengthen mentally or spiritually.
to rest on (something, as a foundation or base) for support.
to cause something to become fixed or to rest on (a support, foundation, base, etc.)

Origin of stay

2
1505–15; apparently same as stay3 (compare Old French estayer to hold in place, support, perhaps derivative of Middle English steye stay3)

stay

3
[stey]Chiefly Nautical

noun

any of various strong ropes or wires for steadying masts, funnels, etc.

verb (used with object), stayed, stay·ing.

to support or secure with a stay or stays: to stay a mast.
to put (a ship) on the other tack.

verb (used without object), stayed, stay·ing.

(of a ship) to change to the other tack.

Origin of stay

3
before 1150; Middle English stey(e), Old English stæg; cognate with German Stag

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British Dictionary definitions for staid

staid

adjective

of a settled, sedate, and steady character
rare permanent
Derived Formsstaidly, adverbstaidness, noun

Word Origin for staid

C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1

stay

1

verb

(intr) to continue or remain in a certain place, position, etcto stay outside
(copula) to continue to be; remainto stay awake
(intr often foll by at) to reside temporarily, esp as a guestto stay at a hotel
(tr) to remain for a specified periodto stay the weekend
(intr) Scot and Southern African to reside permanently or habitually; live
archaic to stop or cause to stop
(intr) to wait, pause, or tarry
(tr) to delay or hinder
(tr)
  1. to discontinue or suspend (a judicial proceeding)
  2. to hold in abeyance or restrain from enforcing (an order, decree, etc)
to endure (something testing or difficult, such as a race)a horse that stays the course
(intr; usually foll by with) to keep pace (with a competitor in a race, etc)
(intr) poker to raise one's stakes enough to stay in a round
(tr) to hold back or restrainto stay one's anger
(tr) to satisfy or appease (an appetite, etc) temporarily
(tr) archaic to quell or suppress
(intr) archaic to stand firm
stay put See put (def. 18)

noun

the act of staying or sojourning in a place or the period during which one stays
the act of stopping or restraining or state of being stopped, etc
the suspension of a judicial proceeding, etcstay of execution
See also stay out

Word Origin for stay

C15 staien, from Anglo-French estaier, to stay, from Old French ester to stay, from Latin stāre to stand

stay

2

noun

anything that supports or steadies, such as a prop or buttress
a thin strip of metal, plastic, bone, etc, used to stiffen corsets, etc

verb (tr) archaic

(often foll by up) to prop or hold
(often foll by up) to comfort or sustain
(foll by on or upon) to cause to rely or depend

Word Origin for stay

C16: from Old French estaye, of Germanic origin; compare stay ³

stay

3

noun

a rope, cable, or chain, usually one of a set, used for bracing uprights, such as masts, funnels, flagpoles, chimneys, etc; guySee also stays (def. 2), stays (def. 3)

Word Origin for stay

Old English stæg; related to Old Norse stag, Middle Low German stach, Norwegian stagle wooden post

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Word Origin and History for staid
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Idioms and Phrases with staid

stay

In addition to the idioms beginning with stay

  • staying power
  • stay over
  • stay put
  • stay the course
  • stay with

also see:

  • here to stay
  • (stay) in touch
  • (stay on one's) right side
  • should have stood (stayed) in bed
  • stick (stay) with
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