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staid

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adjective \ˈstād\

Definition of staid

  1. :  marked by settled sedateness and often prim self-restraint :  sober, grave

staidly

adverb

staidness

noun

Examples of staid in a sentence

  1. a staid and solemn businessman

  2. everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor

Origin and Etymology of staid

from past participle of 3stay


First Known Use: 1557

Synonym Discussion of 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.

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staid

Definition of staid

  1. past tense and past participle of stay



STAID Defined for English Language Learners

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staid

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adjective \ˈstād\

Definition of staid for English Language Learners

  • : serious, boring, or old-fashioned



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