staid

  • 1 staid — [ steıd ] adjective serious and rather boring: rather staid medical journals He projects a staid, aloof image. ╾ staid|ly adverb ╾ staid|ness noun uncount …

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  • 2 Staid — Staid, a. [From {Stay} to stop.] Sober; grave; steady; sedate; composed; regular; not wild, volatile, flighty, or fanciful. Sober and staid persons. Addison. [1913 Webster] O erlaid with black, staid Wisdom s hue. Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn:… …

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  • 3 staid — staid·ly; staid·ness; un·staid; staid; …

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  • 4 staid´ly — staid «stayd», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. having a settled, quiet character; sober; sedate: »We think of the Puritans as staid people. SYNONYM(S): grave, serious, steady, composed. 2. settled; unchanging; …

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  • 5 Staid — (st[=a]d), imp. & p. p. of {Stay}. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 staid — [steıd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the past participle of stay] serious, old fashioned, and boring ▪ a staid old bachelor …

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  • 7 staid — index earnest, phlegmatic, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 staid — (adj.) 1540s, fixed, permanent, adjectival use of stayed, pp. of STAY (Cf. stay) (v.). Meaning sober, sedate first recorded 1550s …

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  • 9 staid — sedate, grave, *serious, somber, sober, earnest Analogous words: *decorous, decent, seemly: *cool, collected, composed: smug, priggish, self complacent, *complacent Antonyms: jaunty …

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  • 10 staid — [adj] restrained, set calm, cold sober*, collected, composed, cool, decorous, demure, dignified, earnest, formal, grave, no nonsense*, quiet, sedate, self restrained, serious, settled, sober, solemn, somber, starchy, steady, stuffy, weighty;… …

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  • 11 staid — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ respectable and unadventurous. ORIGIN archaic past participle of STAY(Cf. ↑stayer) …

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  • 12 staid — [stād] vi., vt. archaic pt. & pp. of STAY3 adj. 1. Rare resisting change; fixed 2. sober; sedate; settled and steady staidly adv. staidness n …

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  • 13 staid — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem ▪ become, get ▪ He had become staid and dull. ADVERB …

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  • 14 Staid — Stay Stay (st[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stayed} (st[=a]d) or {Staid} (st[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staying}.] [OF. estayer, F. [ e]tayer to prop, fr. OF. estai, F. [ e]tai, a prop, probably fr. OD. stade, staeye, a prop, akin to E. stead; or cf.… …

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  • 15 staid — UK [steɪd] / US adjective Word forms staid : adjective staid comparative staider superlative staidest serious and rather boring He projects a staid, aloof image. rather staid medical journals Derived words: staidly adverb staidness noun… …

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  • 16 staid — staidly, adv. staidness, n. /stayd/, adj. 1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious. 2. fixed, settled, or permanent. v. 3. Archaic. a pt. and pp. of stay1. [1535 45 for adj. use] Syn. 1. proper …

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  • 17 staid — [[t]ste͟ɪd[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone or something is staid, you mean that they are serious, dull, and rather old fashioned. ...a staid seaside resort …

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  • 18 staid — adjective serious, old fashioned, and boring in the way you live, dress, or work: a staid old bachelor | staid attitudes staidly adverb staidness noun (U) …

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  • 19 staid — [[t]steɪd[/t]] adj. 1) of decorous, sedate, or solemn character 2) fixed, settled, or permanent 3) archaic a pt. and pp. of stay I staid′ly, adv. staid′ness, n …

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  • 20 staid — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. demure, serious, sedate, settled, inexcitable, sober. See inexcitability, moderation.Ant., lively. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. sober, grave, steady; see dignified . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …

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