Definitions

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  • n. The state or characteristic of being staid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being staid; seriousness; steadiness; sedateness; regularity; -- the opposite of wildness, or levity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being staid; sobriety; gravity; sedateness; steadiness: as, staidness and sobriety of age.

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

  • n. a trait of dignified seriousness

Etymologies

staid +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here he achieves staidness, and calmness, and philosophic tolerance.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang

  • There is a whole category of ersatz adults who've mistaken the apparent staidness of the grownups (who they observe from the outside) for the qualifying characteristic of adulthood and tried to skip the scary merry-go-round.

    zornhau: The Middle Ages

  • The group didn't much wish to mix with society in Geneva, partly due to unwanted attentions of countless tourists and partly due to the perceived staidness of the Genevese.

    Byron in Paradise

  • And, contrary to the staidness implied by my missive of the German brewing industry we saw that it was the Germans, not the Americans, that were most divergent from "style".

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • On its face it is a full-length JRPG, a genre famous for its staidness and adherence to formula, and yet it innovates in every single game mechanic.

    The World Ends With You - Dust Forms Words Game Of The Year 2008

  • When you read a blog chances are that it's much more current, much more opinionated, much more graphic, much more colourful, than the staidness of a book, no matter the topic.

    "The king of content-free reading, the Ur-blogger."

  • The expression of his face had the sharpness and staidness of old age, and the fact that his nose had a saddle-shaped depression across the middle and his nostrils turned upwards gave him a sly and sarcastic look.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • Sancho had not thought it worth while to hobble Rocinante, feeling sure, from what he knew of his staidness and freedom from incontinence, that all the mares in the Cordova pastures would not lead him into an impropriety.

    Don Quixote

  • "In her whole appearance and manner," we are told, "was a staidness that seemed to indicate the practical housewife, with no thought soaring beyond her domestic concerns."

    The Story of Ida Pfeiffer and Her Travels in Many Lands

  • It is evident from his conservative use of black powder, and the old-gentlemanly staidness of his movements, that he is an elderly gun.

    From Capetown to Ladysmith An Unfinished Record of the South African War

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