from The Century Dictionary.

  • A dialectal form of steady.
  • noun A dialectal form of Stithy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. An anvil; also, a smith shop. See stithy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Eye dialect spelling of steady.
  • noun An anvil
  • noun A blacksmith's shop; a stithy.


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  • I didn't know but it was the boy that had set him on to go to meeting when I see him walk in, and I could 'a wrung his neck; but I guess I misjudged him; he was called a stiddy boy.

    Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches

  • He thinks of stationary dwellings as Long Tom Coffin did of land in general; a house may be well enough for incidental purposes, but for a "stiddy" residence give him a "kerridge."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • Ike was working "stiddy" although she had not yet seen the color of his money and she was still dependent upon the washing with which a number of families supplied her, and the substantial help given by her old mother's labor at the treasury.

    Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice

  • The intrepid Benella could barely reach the sill, even from this ingeniously dizzy elevation, and Mrs. Waterford and Salemina were called on to 'stiddy' the tables, while Molly was bidden to help by giving an heroic 'boost' when the word of command came.

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

  • It done somethin 'to my legs, but it broke her back, and made her no use, only jest to pet me, and keep us all kind of stiddy, you know.


  • a house may be well enough for incidental purposes, but for a "stiddy" residence give him a "kerridge."

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • He seen one o 'them black folks git a gredge against another an' go an 'set down an' look stiddy at him in his hut an 'cuss him in his mind an' set there an 'watch, watch, until the other kind o' took sick an 'died, all in a fortnight, I believe he said; 'twould make your blood run cold to hear gran'ther describe it, 'twould so.

    In Dark New England Days

  • That pump ain't been used stiddy for some little while back.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

  • Massa Carpenter, all I wants is one good stiddy home.

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • I'll serve you de bes 'I kin, faithful an' stiddy, like I always serve him.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921


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