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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serious, organized, and professional; sober
  • adj. Always fixed in the same location; stationary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of stay.
  • adj. Sober; grave; steady; sedate; composed; regular; not wild, volatile, flighty, or fanciful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sober; grave; steady; sedate; regular; not wild, volatile, flighty, or fanciful: as, a staid elderly person.
  • n. A mode of spelling the preterit and past participle of stay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by dignity and propriety

Etymologies

From obsolete staid, past participle of stay1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Adjective use of stayed, past participle of stay. (Wiktionary)

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