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staid

[steyd] /steɪd/
adjective
1.
of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
2.
fixed, settled, or permanent.
verb
3.
Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of stay1 .
Origin of staid
1535-1545
1535-45 for adj. use
Related forms
staidly, adverb
staidness, noun
unstaid, adjective
unstaidly, adverb
unstaidness, noun
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. wild, frivolous.
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  • The point lends itself to straining by its nature, though it is staidly mentioned by the staid biographer who has been quoted.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • Vivie walked quite firmly and staidly from the tram halt to the Walckers' house in the Rue Haute.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • Hand in hand, they skated together, laughingly at first, then staidly talking in a low tone.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • But the Major was eminently respectable, and his outlook upon life was staidly conservative.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • As they rode back to camp behind the staidly moving herd, Conrad asked Peters if he knew what caused the stampede.

    The Delafield Affair Florence Finch Kelly
  • The atmosphere, however, was strange and staidly conventional.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
British Dictionary definitions for staidly

staid

/steɪd/
adjective
1.
of a settled, sedate, and steady character
2.
(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 staidly

staid

adj.

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

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