staid

[ steyd ]
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adjective
  1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.

  2. fixed, settled, or permanent.

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

Origin of staid

1
First recorded in 1535–45 for adjective use

synonym study For staid

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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Opposites for staid

Other words from staid

  • staidly, adverb
  • staidness, noun
  • un·staid, adjective
  • un·staid·ly, adverb
  • un·staid·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for staid

staid

/ (steɪd) /


adjective
  1. of a settled, sedate, and steady character

  2. rare permanent

Origin of staid

1
C16: obsolete past participle of stay 1

Derived forms of staid

  • staidly, adverb
  • staidness, noun

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