Definition of stagy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪdʒi/
(also stagey)

adjective (stagier, stagiest)

Excessively theatrical; exaggerated: a stagy melodramatic voice
More example sentences
  • So much theatre is painfully stagey and overdone (people falling to their knees and declaiming ‘you've torn out my soul’ and all that sort of thing) that I find most of it laughable.
  • The muffled sound, his stagey singing voice, and the documentated scenes in a car as he presses buttons on his boom box and makes a mixed tape are presented with dead seriousness.
  • Floyd, who writes his own texts, may not have handled the subject with any great subtlety, and the opera's broad theatrics can sometimes seem stagy, but its dramatic honesty registers powerfully every time.



Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪdʒɪli/
Example sentences
  • ‘God,’ he says stagily, ‘if I could only have got a minute to myself, darling!’
  • The central narrative is filmed stagily, with tacky, ordinary sets; direction that would fit nicely in a nineteenth century melodrama; silly performances in most of the supporting roles.
  • Burbage winked stagily, while Will limped to his abandoned stool.


Example sentences
  • A courtroom drama at heart, Taking Sides manages to overcome its theatrical staginess to provide some beautiful music and images.
  • While this production occasionally succumbs to staginess, often it plays to the text's strengths by using slight movements offset by moments of deliberate exaggeration.
  • Virtually the entire film is shot on sets; the film-makers revel in a staginess that's nonetheless cinematic.

Words that rhyme with stagy


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