Word of the DaySunday, September 17, 2006
\STAYD\ , adjective;
Steady or sedate in character; sober; composed; regular; not wild, volatile, or fanciful.
After the founders have left or died, after the excitement has moved elsewhere along with the best employees, after the company's products and logo and image have grown synonymous with staid and predictable.
-- Michael S. Malone, Infinite Loop
His mother being, in fact, a rather staid English country lady of mild habits and genteel aspirations.
-- Lesley Hazleton, Driving To Detroit
He took no interest in artistic pursuits, and in time became a staid businessman like his father -- a bank manager; in fact, utterly middle class.
-- Patrick McGilligan, Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast
Staid is from obsolete staid, past participle of stay.
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