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or stagey

[stey-jee] /ˈsteɪ dʒi/
adjective, stagier, stagiest.
of, relating to, or suggestive of the stage.
theatrical; unnatural.
Origin of stagy
1855-60; stage + -y1
Related forms
stagily, adverb
staginess, noun
unstagily, adverb
unstaginess, noun
unstagy, adjective Unabridged
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  • I felt a chill go over me—the whole business was tricky, stagy; of a piece with the highfalutin talk.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • He seized Bella and hugged her to his bosom in a most stagy manner.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
  • And they hire stage actors to interpret the stagiest of stage plots in as stagy a way as they know how.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • He told her he loved it twice as well as the stilted, stagy "Anita Adair."

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • If I detest anything, it is the unconventional, the stagy, the mysterious.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • The attorney brushed back his mane with a stagy movement of his hand, and turned upon Arkansas.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • He condemns all that is affected or stagy; indeed his whole book is an eloquent plea for quiet and restraint.

  • Perhaps this was because he had purged himself of the stagy element in his abundant theatric exercise earlier.

  • "Go on up-stairs and dress," she said in a stagy voice when we had come within earshot.

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
British Dictionary definitions for stagy


adjective stagier, stagiest
excessively theatrical or dramatic
Derived Forms
stagily, adverb
staginess, noun
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