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: marked by settled sedateness and often prim self-restraint : sober, grave
staidly adverb
staidness noun


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past tense and past participle of stay

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History



from past participle of stay entry 3

First Known Use


1557, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staid was in 1557

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“Staid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: not easily changed : settled, fixed
a staid opinion
: calm and serious in manner, attitude, or style
: not bold, bright, or showy
staid colors
staidly adverb
staidness noun


2 of 2

past and past participle of stay

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