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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


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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.


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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for staidly


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

Word Origin

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



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

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