staid

adjective
\ ˈstād \

Definition of staid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of staid (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of stay

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Other Words from staid

Adjective

staidly adverb
staidness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of staid in a Sentence

Adjective

a staid and solemn businessman everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor

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Of all the types of fashion event, the lingerie show is the surely the most staid. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Gathered an Outstanding Badgal Crew for her Savage x Fenty Lingerie Show," 13 Sep. 2018 While Dior dreamed of femme fleurs, Balmain was perfecting the chic, if staid, jolie madame look, which was conservative, correct, and aimed at a mature woman. Cecil Beaton, Vogue, "Gertrude Stein on Pierre Balmain’s 1945 Couture Debut—Plus, a Look Back at the Designer’s Best Looks in Vogue," 22 Jan. 2019 Over the past few months, she's started to find her footing as a royal, taking on responsibilities, researching future patronages to champion, and revolutionizing a staid, centuries old institution simply by being part of it. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside Meghan Markle's First 100 Days in the Royal Family," 27 Aug. 2018 But that has clearly begun to change under Chief Artistic Officer Reed Krakoff, the famed former designer at Coach, credited with turning that once-staid handbag brand into a force in fashion. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Tiffany's Turnaround Plan Is Turning Out to Be a Gem," 23 May 2018 But that's where the staid family traditions end because the Windsors like a gift with an admittedly silly tone. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Meghan Markle Can Expect From the Annual Royal Family Gift Exchange," 15 Dec. 2018 However, the staid China Tower is a very different prospect from the fast-growing Meituan Dianping, which offers a range of services, from food delivery to hotel bookings. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Giant Telecom IPO in Hong Kong Gets Weak Reception," 1 Aug. 2018 The offbeat world of cryptocurrencies has drawn interest from all sorts over the last few years, from drug dealers and scam artists to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley and the most staid institutions of Wall Street. New York Times, "Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin," 14 June 2018 Nay Campbell isn’t interested in staid cultural narratives. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lordele Is the Nascent Label Creating Sustainable, Gender Nonconforming Clothes," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of staid

Adjective

1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for staid

Adjective

from past participle of stay entry 3

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Stahlian

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staig

stail

stain

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staid

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English Language Learners Definition of staid

: serious, boring, or old-fashioned

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