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  1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
  2. fixed, settled, or permanent.
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  1. Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay1.
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Origin of staid

1535–45 for adj. use
Related formsstaid·ly, adverbstaid·ness, nounun·staid, adjectiveun·staid·ly, adverbun·staid·ness, noun

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.

Antonyms for staid

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Related Words for staider

solemn, decorous, somber, sedate, sober, stuffy, dignified, calm, collected, composed, cool, demure, earnest, formal, grave, no-nonsense, quiet, serious, settled, starchy

Examples from the Web for staider

Historical Examples of staider

  • Posthumus is simply a staider Hamlet considerably idealized.

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • But Marcos chose another, an older and staider animal of less value, better fitted for night work.

    The Velvet Glove

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Arkady's face wears a staider air, and Katia looks more animated and less retiring.

    Fathers and Sons

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev

  • There was happiness in it, even if it was a quieter, staider happiness than that of which he now knew himself to be capable.

  • Possibly this was one of the French customs, which somewhat scandalised the staider ladies of the English Court.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for staider


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

Word Origin for staid

C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1
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Word Origin and History for staider



1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.

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