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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

Adjective a staid and solemn businessman everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Buttigieg hasn’t been totally staid in his approach to the primary. cleveland, "Pete Buttigieg is on the attack in Iowa," 1 Feb. 2020 The New York Times has turned its usually staid and secretive presidential endorsement process into a kind of reality TV show. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Reality TV show or solemn political ritual? The New York Times turns the TV cameras on its candidate endorsement process.," 18 Jan. 2020 There was practically a waiting list, and all the guys used to wear tuxedos, and everything was very staid and serious. John Carlisle,, "Polka, bingo and fish fries are slowly saving VFW post in Michigan's U.P.," 29 Nov. 2019 In contrast to the partisan bickering outside the secured hearing room Wednesday, the depositions inside have been relatively staid, according to people in the room. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "What’s really happening inside the impeachment inquiry room stormed by Republicans," 23 Oct. 2019 Well, sure, but there was ample time for a staid performance by Sting and Shaggy, and an absurd sketch featuring them as well. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Pop Keeps Changing. And the Grammys Turn a Deaf Ear, Again.," 29 Jan. 2018 This area, where England meets the North Sea and the Channel, is home to wonderful landscapes, beautiful towns and villages, and a culture that offers a bit more excitement than the staid Cotswolds. Washington Post, "The idyllic Cotswolds are overrun with tourists. Try East Kent instead.," 9 Jan. 2020 The Wolverines simply do not defy expectations — becoming the ultimate reflection of a coach whose staid gameday wardrobe of khakis and navy blue Michigan hat never changes. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Under Jim Harbaugh, Michigan football is stuck in neutral," 2 Jan. 2020 For years, a creative dichotomy cleaved adult animation in two: between low-budget late-night experimentation and often staid, universal sitcoms. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Adult Animation Is Pushing New Boundaries. A Look Inside Its Evolution from The Simpsons to BoJack Horseman," 20 Dec. 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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The first known use of staid was in 1557

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17 Feb 2020

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“Staid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of staid

: serious, boring, or old-fashioned

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