\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for stagy


dramatic, hammy, histrionic, melodramatic, theatrical (also theatric)



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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

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The scrum made conversation stagy, but Simmons gradually eased into answering Warren’s questions. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious," 17 June 2019 And the cast from top to bottom is burdened with stagy dialogue. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 Although the action, set in the early 1900s, unfolds almost entirely in and around a Russian lakeside estate, the film rarely feels static or stagy, with enough brisk editing, active camerawork and intimate framing to make for satisfying cinema. Gary Goldstein,, "Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss headline lively new film version of 'The Seagull'," 8 May 2018 Painted in Day-Glo colors and shot in less than a month in Budapest, the movie has a stagy stiffness that grows more irritating by the minute. Vaughn Stein, New York Times, "Review: Revenge Goes Sour in ‘Terminal’," 10 May 2018 The upshot is a headlong final act that aims at stark political theater but at times comes off as only stagy. Peter Ho Davies, New York Times, "An ‘Antigone’ for a Time of Terror," 29 Sep. 2017 Youngest sister Rose (a sympathetic if sometimes stagy Carina Lastimosa), who lost a fiance to the war, is more directionless and haunted by the past. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Heartbreaking legacy of Japanese internment camps haunts Walnut Creek stage," 5 Apr. 2017 Riggs’ book — along with all its sequels — has soared in popularity through the combination of whimsy and stagy nostalgia that fuels so much of the young-adult lit craze. Steve Donoghue, The Denver Post, "In 1980s New Jersey, a quest for teen boys’ Holy Grail," 26 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of stagy

1856, in the meaning defined above

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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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not constant or steady

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