\ˈstād \

Definition of staid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


Definition of staid (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of stay

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Other Words from staid


staidly adverb
staidness noun

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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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among them were Democrats and Republicans, radicals and conservatives, rabble rousers and club women, the flamboyant and the staid. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Woman’s Hour’ Review: Friends and Foes of the 19th Amendment," 21 June 2018 And while the slim, rectangular towers are fairly staid, a block-long LED screen at their base is not. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Look at the Three-Tower Complex That’s Transforming L.A.’s Skyline," 14 June 2018 Roma has recruited specialists in ticketing, marketing and branding, a quiet revolution in the staid, conservative world of Italian soccer. Rory Smith, New York Times, "James Pallotta Soaks In Roma’s Stunning Win," 12 Apr. 2018 Is the staid world of golf ready for a giant fashion leap? Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rickie Fowler's style gets the golf world buzzing," 5 Jan. 2018 Pane in the Glass (pun very intended) adds a bright and almost surreal edge aspect to the staid world of window washing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Washing Windows in VR Actually Seems Like a Fantastic Game," 8 Aug. 2016 To young fans of streetwear style, classic jewelry can seem old-fashioned, staid and something to be worn—or given—only on special occasions. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "To Reach Millennials, High-End Jewelers Try New Products—and Approach," 19 June 2018 The 100-player slugfest is certainly more popular than Paragon’s relatively staid five-on-five battles—especially based on rumors that few people were still playing by the end. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "How Epic’s Fortnite rose from the ashes of Paragon’s failure," 11 May 2018 Hart was charged with invigorating the somewhat staid organization, which had lost some of its power at City Hall as newer tech companies seemed to get all the attention. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Businesses must help make streets cleaner and safer, chamber leader says," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of staid


1557, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for staid


from past participle of stay entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of staid

: serious, boring, or old-fashioned

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