Definitions

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  • adv. In a staid manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a staid manner, sedately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a staid manner; calmly; soberly.

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

  • adv. in a grave and sober manner

Etymologies

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staid +‎ -ly

Examples

  • To return to the Deane-Balderston play after seeing "Buffy," Kathryn Bigelow's "Near Dark" and Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 "Dracula" film is to find it very weak tea indeed, a staidly talky telling of the old, old story in which the audience sits around waiting for something exciting, or even unexpected, to happen.

    The Kids Are All Wrong

  • On his left William Martel, his steward, and Robert de Vere, his constable, followed more staidly.

    A River So Long

  • But hey, after 30 years of staidly reliable Hondas, maybe it's time for Americans to rediscover Europhilia -- and re-establish a relationship with our mechanics.

    Matthew DeBord: Fiat Says "Buon Giorno!" to Chrysler

  • So in those days before lent, when Catholic countries are filled with people wearing beads, tossing doubloons, donning festive masks, dancing in the streets and eating king cake, why do those radical and rebellious Anglicans mark the night before Lent by staidly eating a pile of pancakes?

    Gingerbread pancakes for Shrove Tuesday | Homesick Texan

  • For one man, having a lack of imagining, would scoff, and another, maybe, to take it very staidly; but some would build Fancy upon the tellings of the

    The Night Land

  • In fact, other than a couple of people who took small amounts of money in brown paper envelopes and a couple of people who had affairs, they were rather staidly middle class.

    Cameron & Thinking the Unthinkable

  • Gravely, sending in additional troops to Iraq, up to 5,000 more, is precisely what Rumsfeld has staidly ordered.

    Americans, Iraqis and Congress Serve Rumsfeld Notice: Quit!

  • We sat among the brook weed, half exposed to sun and air, and we watched fishes swim staidly beneath the surface.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • Nonetheless, Yeager resolutely got to his feet, loosely gathered up his chute, and, with flight helmet under his arm, walked almost staidly away from the burning wreckage toward an oncoming ambulance.

    First Man

  • If on some evenings she put on a disguise and hung out at encounter areas in fetish clubs, she wasn't telling anyone: she lived in uptight America, staidly strait-laced, and had a reputation to uphold.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

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