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Definition of "staid" [staid]

  • Characterized by sedate dignity and often a strait-laced sense of propriety; sober. See Synonyms at serious. (adjective)
  • Fixed; permanent: "There is nothing settled, nothing staid in this universe” ( Virginia Woolf). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "staid" in a sentence
  • "Her bright red shirt and quiet authority make her stand out from her hired managers and the men in staid blue button-downs that came from CiCi's corporate office to help with the launch."
  • "OGUNNAIKE: No one has seen anything like this especially in D.C. This town is usually known as staid, reserved."
  • "Young merchants in staid-looking business suits leaned against the railings of the bridge, their eyes lingering first on one group of girls and then on another."