Definition of staid in English:



  • Sedate, respectable, and unadventurous.

    ‘staid law firms’
    • ‘In the end, one has to say that the age-old and staid principles of banking are more relevant in the era of retail financing.’
    • ‘I was expecting a slightly staid, old-fashioned choir, with little of real interest.’
    • ‘Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.’
    • ‘In those days the staid, solitary Christmas tree on The Mound with its handful of lights was the highlight of my year.’
    • ‘Every comic had a point of view and everyone avoided staid old routines based on set-piece jokes.’
    • ‘No longer limited to staid colours and boxy designs, the new Beemers are as exciting to look at as they promise to be to ride.’
    • ‘It was his loud argyle socks that revealed the boyish sense of humour behind the staid visage.’
    • ‘Recent consultation showed that residents in the capital perceived York to be a staid and an unexciting destination.’
    • ‘Now, they're just staid old men and women in freshly pressed casual suits and middle management voices.’
    • ‘This site will no doubt be jarring to the casual observer more familiar with staid academic websites.’
    • ‘The acting can be overemphatic and the blocking a bit staid, but the pacing is just right.’
    • ‘British cinema is often seen as a staid and starchy affair, as lacking in feeling as it was in aesthetic passion.’
    • ‘In mathematics he strove to preserve something of what seemed a more staid and sober tradition.’
    • ‘Remember, the stag do is still a deeply symbolic chance for the groom to let his hair down, so don't make it too staid.’
    • ‘Pre-Kronos, any chamber music recital was a staid affair where great music was all-important.’
    • ‘New England in the 19th century was the apex of conformity: staid, stuffy and abstemious.’
    • ‘The normally staid company has become a lot more adventurous of late.’
    • ‘I envisioned a staid, quiet event in which people would come and go in silence.’
    • ‘Some TV shows are a little bit staid and need livening up a bit.’
    • ‘It is a slick piece of work, more like a product of Madison Avenue than staid Capitol Hill.’
    sedate, respectable, quiet, serious, serious-minded, steady, conventional, traditional, unadventurous, unenterprising, set in one's ways
    grave, solemn, severe, sombre, sober, proper, decorous, formal
    stuffy, prim, demure, prissy, stiff
    starchy, uptight, stick-in-the-mud
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Mid 16th century: archaic past participle of stay.