[ stey ]
/ steɪ /

verb (used without object), stayed or staid, stay·ing.

verb (used with object), stayed or staid, stay·ing.


Nearby words

  1. stave off,
  2. staves,
  3. stavesacre,
  4. stavropol,
  5. staw,
  6. stay out,
  7. stay over,
  8. stay put,
  9. stay stitching,
  10. stay the course


    stay the course, to persevere; endure to completion.

Origin of stay

1400–50; late Middle English staien < Anglo-French estaier, Old French estai-, stem of ester < Latin stāre to stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stay out

stay out

verb (adverb)

(intr) to remain away from homethe cat stayed out all night
(tr) to remain beyond the end ofto stay out a welcome
(tr) to remain throughoutto stay the night out


/ (steɪ) /



See also stay out

Word Origin for stay

C15 staien, from Anglo-French estaier, to stay, from Old French ester to stay, from Latin stāre to stand


/ (steɪ) /


anything that supports or steadies, such as a prop or buttress
a thin strip of metal, plastic, bone, etc, used to stiffen corsets, etc

verb (tr) archaic

(often foll by up) to prop or hold
(often foll by up) to comfort or sustain
(foll by on or upon) to cause to rely or depend

Word Origin for stay

C16: from Old French estaye, of Germanic origin; compare stay ³


/ (steɪ) /


a rope, cable, or chain, usually one of a set, used for bracing uprights, such as masts, funnels, flagpoles, chimneys, etc; guySee also stays (def. 2), stays (def. 3)

Word Origin for stay

Old English stæg; related to Old Norse stag, Middle Low German stach, Norwegian stagle wooden post

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Word Origin and History for stay out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with stay out


In addition to the idioms beginning with stay

  • staying power
  • stay over
  • stay put
  • stay the course
  • stay with

also see:

  • here to stay
  • (stay) in touch
  • (stay on one's) right side
  • should have stood (stayed) in bed
  • stick (stay) with
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