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

  • adj. Having a theatrical, especially an artificial or affected, character or quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. theatrical
  • adj. unnaturally showy
  • adj. melodramatic
  • adj. sensationalized

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having an air or manner characteristic of the stage; theatrical; artificial; ; -- chiefly used depreciatively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Savoring of the stage; theatrieal; conventional in manner: in a depreciatory sense.

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

  • adj. having characteristics of the stage especially an artificial and mannered quality


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  • It is all very "stagy" -- but, since it exists, can hardly be called unreal.

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  • 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."

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  • Forsooth! then you set a kind of stagy, theatrical tone for the book.

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  • 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.

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  • The least "stagy" actors are almost always favorites.

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  • 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.

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  • It's stagy and obvious and not terribly effective, since Olive doesn't really seem to come to any particular understanding.

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  • The acting makes up for the stagy script, which has lots of pontificating and little boxing.

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  • Moreover, I find that plays based on classic novels tend to be stiff and stagy.

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  • 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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