- 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
Synonyms for staidSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for staid
Related Words for staidlyearnestly, somberly, calmly, staidly, composedly, serenely, quietly, sedately, seriously
Examples from the Web for staidly
Historical Examples of staidly
The atmosphere, however, was strange and staidly conventional.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Vivie walked quite firmly and staidly from the tram halt to the Walckers' house in the Rue Haute.Mrs. Warren's Daughter
Sir Harry Johnston
Hand in hand, they skated together, laughingly at first, then staidly talking in a low tone.Hans Brinker
Mary Mapes Dodge
As they rode back to camp behind the staidly moving herd, Conrad asked Peters if he knew what caused the stampede.The Delafield Affair
Florence Finch Kelly
But the Major was eminently respectable, and his outlook upon life was staidly conservative.General John Regan
George A. Birmingham
- of a settled, sedate, and steady character
- rare permanent
Word Origin for staid
1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.