stagy

adjective
\ ˈstā-jē How to pronounce stagy (audio) \
variants: or stagey
stagier; stagiest

Definition of stagy

: of or characteristic of the stage especially : marked by pretense or artificiality : theatrical

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Other Words from stagy

stagily \ ˈstā-​jə-​lē How to pronounce stagily (audio) \ adverb
staginess \ ˈstā-​jē-​nəs How to pronounce staginess (audio) \ noun

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Examples of stagy in a Sentence

an artificial and stagy manner a motivational speaker whose stagy presentations motivate some listeners to head for the nearest exit
Recent Examples on the Web All good but drifting into stagy with a tad too much branding. Freep.com, "TV during the COVID-19 crisis: What are we watching?," 8 May 2020 But the overture is long, and the episode turns stagy and exaggerated. New York Times, "Review: A New ‘Flying Dutchman’ Makes Landfall at the Met Opera," 3 Mar. 2020 One result of the coincidence was the emergence of a new kind of actress, emoting vividly in a stagy accent acquired somewhere between Bryn Mawr and Broadway. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Camp and Compassion in ‘The Confession of Lily Dare’," 29 Jan. 2020 Yet her characterization of Bernadette feels a mite strenuous — stagy, in the wrong way, as opposed to film-y in the right, Linklater way. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ review: Richard Linklater’s latest, starring Cate Blanchett, is a bit of a bore," 15 Aug. 2019 There’s a pandering, stagy political debate and too many Big Messages wrapped in tearful professions. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“The Inheritance” Is a Tribute to E. M. Forster and an Audacious Work of Its Own," 25 Nov. 2019 Yet her characterization of Bernadette feels a mite strenuous — stagy, in the wrong way, as opposed to film-y in the right, Linklater way. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ review: Richard Linklater’s latest, starring Cate Blanchett, is a bit of a bore," 15 Aug. 2019 Yet her characterization of Bernadette feels a mite strenuous — stagy, in the wrong way, as opposed to film-y in the right, Linklater way. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ review: Richard Linklater’s latest, starring Cate Blanchett, is a bit of a bore," 15 Aug. 2019 Yet her characterization of Bernadette feels a mite strenuous — stagy, in the wrong way, as opposed to film-y in the right, Linklater way. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ review: Richard Linklater’s latest, starring Cate Blanchett, is a bit of a bore," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stagy

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stagy was in 1856

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“Stagy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stagy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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stagy

adjective
How to pronounce stagy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stagy

: looking or seeming like something from a performance on a stage rather than something natural

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