un staid

staid

[steyd]
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:
1535–45 for adj. use

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.
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staid (steɪd)
 
adj
1.  of a settled, sedate, and steady character
2.  rare permanent
 
[C16: obsolete past participle of stay1]
 
'staidly
 
adv
 
'staidness
 
n

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staid
1540s, "fixed, permanent," adj. use of stayed, pp. of stay (v.). Meaning "sober, sedate" first recorded 1550s.
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