\ 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

But that's where the staid family traditions end because the Windsors like a gift with an admittedly silly tone. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Meghan Markle Can Expect From the Annual Royal Family Gift Exchange," 15 Dec. 2018 However, the staid China Tower is a very different prospect from the fast-growing Meituan Dianping, which offers a range of services, from food delivery to hotel bookings. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Giant Telecom IPO in Hong Kong Gets Weak Reception," 1 Aug. 2018 The offbeat world of cryptocurrencies has drawn interest from all sorts over the last few years, from drug dealers and scam artists to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley and the most staid institutions of Wall Street. New York Times, "Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin," 14 June 2018 Nay Campbell isn’t interested in staid cultural narratives. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lordele Is the Nascent Label Creating Sustainable, Gender Nonconforming Clothes," 16 Nov. 2018 And while both Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Masham were real figures in Queen Ann's reign (with an outsized influence over British politics), the film promises to be much more than a staid period drama. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Olivia Colman Plays (Another) British Queen in the Upcoming Drama The Favourite," 10 Aug. 2018 Uzabase and Umeda have tried to challenge a staid media environment in Japan by focusing coverage on emerging technology trends, according to Japanese media interviews with Umeda. Paul Mozur,, "Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news startup, is sold to Japanese firm," 3 July 2018 The default attitude used to be bewilderment that, in a world of superior driving machines, staid sedans like the Toyota Camry topped the best-seller list. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Hatchbacks Aren't Dead, They're Just Weird Small Crossovers Now," 30 Aug. 2018 The celebrity chef Alain Ducasse will launch a new river boat in Paris this fall, making a bold entry into the otherwise staid sunset cruise business that may be popular with many visitors but isn’t exactly known for its revolutionary cuisine. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chef Alain Ducasse Is Launching a Seine River Cruise Ship in Paris with $580 Tasting Menus," 8 Aug. 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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