variants or stagey
stagier; stagiest
: of or characteristic of the stage
especially : marked by pretense or artificiality : theatrical
stagily adverb
staginess noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stagy was in 1856

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“Stagy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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