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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

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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

American steakhouses tend to be formal, even staid, which makes the lively environment Brooks encourages at EDGE so welcome. Wine Australia, Bon Appétit, "How Aussie Chef Aaron Brooks Brings the Unexpected to His Miami Steakhouse," 16 July 2019 Sovereign-wealth funds, family offices and even staid old pension funds now compete for stakes in newish, unlisted firms. The Economist, "The rise and rise of private capital," 4 July 2019 Now, five Supreme Court Justices, presumably more staid, more conscientious, and more rational than the President, have aided him in that cause. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Just Legitimized a Cornerstone Element of Voter Suppression," 3 July 2019 The Americans had a more staid performance against Chile on Sunday in Paris, winning 3-0 with more muted celebrations, including a golf clap from Carli Lloyd, who scored a pair of goals in that game. Anchorage Daily News, "US dominates rival Sweden 2-0 to remain undefeated," 21 June 2019 The Americans had a more staid performance against Chile on Sunday in Paris, winning 3-0 with more muted celebrations, including a golf clap from Carli Lloyd, who scored a pair of goals in that game. Anne Peterson,, "US defeats rival Sweden 2-0, finishes atop group," 20 June 2019 The show explores what happens when the heir to a staid English shoe factory teams with a drag performer named Lola to transform the place into a maker of splashy and fab footwear for men who want to push the bounds of gender. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Moonlight Stage Productions goes for five as it announces expanded summer lineup for 40th anniversary in 2020," 12 June 2019 In fact, conservative newspapers, staid business journals, book publishers, and fledgling film- makers alike were swept up in the wild melee that created an overwhelming go-to-war sentiment. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 Though the most staid character of the show, Allston plays the humor particularly well., "‘Kinky Boots’ kicks up its musical heels at the Saenger," 15 June 2019

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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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