How challenging was it to inject romance into the staid world of corporate affairs?
That's right, I said it: this is a landmark victory for the forces of staid, bourgeois sexual morality.
But for all its madcap zaniness, Woke Up Lonely easily refutes the idea that the novel is a staid, obsolete form of writing.
Before Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and a staid statesman, he was a Whig and a rabble-rouser.
New entryway plans look more Rodeo Drive than staid tropical hideaway.
"Sam shall serve our luncheon in here," he said, with a staid glee.
Kisses were rare in the staid little household to which she belonged.
Here we staid two nights, and then traveled again, for now the ice was strong, and in two days more we came to Sorel.
I staid with them three weeks, doing nothing on account of the bruises I had received.
I had taken the trust of one whom I thought to be a staid country lass, and lo!
1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.
"to remain," mid-15c., from Middle French estai-, stem of ester "to stay or stand," from Old French, from Latin stare "to stand" (cf. Italian stare, Spanish estar "to stand, to be"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally "come to a halt;" sense of "remain" is first recorded 1570s.
Noun senses of "appliance for stopping," "period of remaining in a place," and (judicial) "suspension of proceeding" all developed 1525-1550. Stay-at-home (adj.) is from 1806. Stay put is first recorded 1843, American English. "To stay put is to keep still, remain in order. A vulgar expression" [Bartlett]. Phrase stay the course is originally (1885) in reference to horses holding out till the end of a race.
"support, prop, brace," 1510s, from Middle French estaie "piece of wood used as a support," perhaps from Frankish *staka "support," from Proto-Germanic *stagaz (cf. Middle Dutch stake "stick," Old English steli "steel" stæg "rope used to support a mast"), from PIE *stak- (see stay (n.2)). If not, then from the root of stay (v.). Stays "laced underbodice" is attested from c.1600.
"strong rope which supports a ship's mast," from Old English stæg, from Proto-Germanic *stagan (cf. Dutch stag, Low German stach, German Stag, Old Norse stag), from PIE *stak-, ultimately an extended form of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The verb meaning "secure or steady with stays" is first recorded 1620s.
To maintain a penile erection (1960s+)