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[steyd] /steɪd/
of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
fixed, settled, or permanent.
Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay1 .
Origin of staid
1535-45 for adj. use
Related forms
staidly, adverb
staidness, noun
unstaid, adjective
unstaidly, adverb
unstaidness, noun
1. proper, serious, decorous, solemn. Staid, sedate, settled indicate a sober and composed type of conduct. Staid indicates an ingrained seriousness and propriety that shows itself in complete decorum; a colorless kind of correctness is indicated: a staid and uninteresting family. Sedate applies to one who is noticeably quiet, composed, and sober in conduct: a sedate and dignified young man. One who is settled has become fixed, especially in a sober or determined way, in manner, judgments, or mode of life: He is young to be so settled in his ways.
1. wild, frivolous. Unabridged
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  • But Marcos chose another, an older and staider animal of less value, better fitted for night work.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • Posthumus is simply a staider Hamlet considerably idealized.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • A duller or staider set I never saw outside a Quakers' meeting.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
  • Arkady's face wears a staider air, and Katia looks more animated and less retiring.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • But an apology is due the staider reader for the seeming levity of this narrative adventure.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Possibly this was one of the French customs, which somewhat scandalised the staider ladies of the English Court.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • There was happiness in it, even if it was a quieter, staider happiness than that of which he now knew himself to be capable.

  • Or by some strange metamorphosis did the writer of the romantic Aethiopica become in later and staider years the Bishop of Tricca?

    Essays on the Greek Romances Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
  • All the way down to the beach she kept the three of us in such a shout of laughter that staider people glanced aside at us.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • The applause along the banks was certainly continuous enough to make someone older and staider than Winona happy.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
British Dictionary definitions for staider


of a settled, sedate, and steady character
(rare) permanent
Derived Forms
staidly, adverb
staidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: obsolete past participle of stay1
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Word Origin and History for staider



1540s, "fixed, permanent," adjectival use of stayed, past participle of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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