American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a theatrical, especially an artificial or affected, character or quality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Savoring of the stage; theatrieal; conventional in manner: in a depreciatory sense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having an air or manner characteristic of the stage; theatrical; artificial; ; -- chiefly used depreciatively.
- adj. having characteristics of the stage especially an artificial and mannered quality
“It is all very "stagy" -- but, since it exists, can hardly be called unreal.”
“Also it's one of the few Minnelli CinemaScope movies where he really seems at ease with the wide screen; maybe because the film is kind of stagy-looking, the proscenium shape of the screen actually works and leads to great effects like the three-person shot that opens "Thank Heaven For Little Girls.”
“Forsooth! then you set a kind of stagy, theatrical tone for the book.”
“At last, the pompous, "stagy" old monarch died, full of infirmities and of humiliations; and the road from the Boulevard to St. Denis was lined with booths as for a _fête_, and the people feasted, sang, and danced for joy that the tyrant was in his coffin.”
“The least "stagy" actors are almost always favorites.”
“Although Collins had a considerable amount of rather coarse vigour in him (his brother Charles, who died young, had a much more delicate art) and great fecundity in a certain kind of stagy invention, it is hard to believe that his work will ever be put permanently high.”
“It's stagy and obvious and not terribly effective, since Olive doesn't really seem to come to any particular understanding.”
“The acting makes up for the stagy script, which has lots of pontificating and little boxing.”
“Moreover, I find that plays based on classic novels tend to be stiff and stagy.”
“Up to that point, Auden's character seems completely real, but no sooner does Britten arrive on the scene than it feels as though two garrulous, well-coiffed wax dummies from Madame Tussauds are sitting down to have a stagy chat about art.”
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