Definition of staid in English:

staid

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Pronunciation: /steɪd
 
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adjective

Sedate, respectable, and unadventurous: staid law firms
More example sentences
  • In mathematics he strove to preserve something of what seemed a more staid and sober tradition.
  • New England in the 19th century was the apex of conformity: staid, stuffy and abstemious.
  • Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.
Synonyms
sedate, respectable, quiet, serious, serious-minded, steady, conventional, traditional, unadventurous, unenterprising, set in one's ways;
grave, solemn, severe, sombre, sober, proper, decorous, formal;
stuffy, prim, demure, prissy, stiff

Origin

mid 16th century: archaic past participle of stay1.

Derivatives

staidly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The Constitution is fascinating precisely because it is so staidly civilized: because it is not a product of, nor has it presided over fire, pestilence and revolution.
  • If I had staidly accepted one of those two guys, I would have forfeited the opportunity of being among those lucky ones.
  • In Raisin, her hair is staidly slicked down; at Zankel, it corkscrewed out in all directions, even as her renditions of fifteen songs let loose multidimensional sparks.

staidness

noun
More example sentences
  • One of the main criticisms of political access programmes in decades past was their staidness and conservatism.
  • Young Adam is based on a 1954 novel by Alexander Trocchi, the Glasgow-born writer affiliated to the Beats, whose life and work were very much a revolt against British insularity and staidness, and against Scotland itself.
  • Indeed, Shiri's impassioned vocal performance clearly outstrips Lise's, with only a certain old-fashioned staidness of approach letting the song down.

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