staid

[ steyd ]
/ steɪd /

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for staidness

staid

/ (steɪd) /

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

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Word Origin and History for staidness

staid

adj.

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

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