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staid

adjective \ ˈstād \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of staid

: marked by settled sedateness and often prim self-restraint : sober, grave

staidly

adverb

staidness

noun

Examples of staid in a Sentence

  1. a staid and solemn businessman

  2. everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor

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Origin and Etymology of staid

from past participle of 3stay

Synonym Discussion of staid

serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters.
    • a serious play about social injustice
grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude.
    • read the proclamation in a grave voice
solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity.
    • a sad and solemn occasion
sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness.
    • remained sedate amid the commotion
staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint.
    • a quiet and staid community
sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity.
    • a sober look at the state of our schools
earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose.
    • an earnest reformer

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staid

Definition of staid

  • past tense and past participle of stay

STAID Defined for English Language Learners

staid

adjective

Definition of staid for English Language Learners

  • : serious, boring, or old-fashioned



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