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
Her bright red shirt and quiet authority make her stand out from her hired managers and the men in staid blue button-downs that came from CiCi's corporate office to help with the launch.
OGUNNAIKE: No one has seen anything like this especially in D.C. This town is usually known as staid, reserved.
Young merchants in staid-looking business suits leaned against the railings of the bridge, their eyes lingering first on one group of girls and then on another.
"Perhaps Captain staid up at Mrs. Vawse's," she said, "and didn't follow us down."
Poussin's A Dance to the Music of Time, countless paintings by Fragonard, Rubens, Reynolds, not to mention acres of armor-is sometimes described as a staid museum.
Last night's Lee vs. Kryzan debate was pretty staid, which is to say boring.
But rather than the kind of staid or theatrical hearing often seen in Congress, in which talking points are repeated and participants talk past each other, the academics and the commissioners engaged each other in a running debate in which theories about the origin of the financial crisis were questioned and defended.
This party has been really kind of staid and comfortable with its old habits.
What should have been a national celebration was a staid, meaningless political affair.
The Phoenix looked like the kind of staid but comfortable car that I believed married people were supposed to want.