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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

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

Adjective a staid and solemn businessman everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The snappy tweets do occasionally draw pushback from critics who think the AEC should be more staid, or even silent. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 During the musical’s initial run, die-hards often showed up to performances in costumes, another rarity in the staid world of Broadway. Brent Lang, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 Companies such as Vantage Point and Sisu VR, part of a small cottage industry offering virtual-reality trainings, say these scenarios are a novel offering for employees and freshen up staid corporate trainings. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The Republican Party is pitting staid, pro-business William McKinley in the upcoming presidential election against the populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who’s scheduled for an imminent event in Madison Square Garden. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 If changes to the staid institution are made, Jackson will likely be around to see them. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, 7 Apr. 2022 The whole staid biopic genre collapsed under the weight of sensitive cliché decades ago. Kristen Baldwin,, 12 Mar. 2022 The election overhaul turned the normally loud and colorful campaign period into a more staid affair. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2021 Into that void stepped Zhao, who became the sole voice on all things C.P.E.C., both on Twitter and in more staid official communications. New York Times, 7 July 2021 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Staid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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