Definition of placid in US English:



  • 1(of a person or animal) not easily upset or excited.

    ‘this horse has a placid nature’
    • ‘Normally, a placid, laissez-faire type, I began saying mean things about other drivers.’
    • ‘For years, he was a placid, unobtrusive student of his, but he's emerged from the long shadow cast by his mentor.’
    • ‘People should also avoid getting between a cow and her calf as the maternal instinct could make otherwise placid animals aggressive.’
    • ‘Some contend that he is too placid to succeed, and he understands why.’
    • ‘Chewie was just one-year-old whereas a lot of the other dogs were six or seven-years-old and a lot more placid but as long as Jessica is grooming him he is happy.’
    • ‘The placid, short-legged Ryelands suited the purpose, but have not been kept by the Royal Family since those days.’
    • ‘He was placid, very pleasant, proud, charming and unassuming.’
    • ‘Despite his life going downhill, he was still described by people who knew him as a gentle, placid, easy-going, amiable man.’
    • ‘The Cancer child is usually very placid and serene, with a loving and sympathetic disposition.’
    • ‘His placid nature and sense of humour instilled confidence in patients seeking counselling.’
    • ‘In actual fact, any individual on the drug was so mild and placid, they stood more chance of being mugged themselves than causing a problem to anyone else.’
    • ‘To look after the wheelchair-bound at matches, you might think that only tolerant, placid individuals need apply.’
    • ‘He's more placid, but can still be unpredictable and difficult.’
    • ‘Now five months old, the three sisters are described as ‘really placid babies’ by their mum and dad.’
    • ‘Two open carriages each pulled by a pair of placid horses had begun to make their parking lot rounds when I sat down.’
    • ‘She is very placid and wouldn't do anything to upset an animal.’
    • ‘To be fair, he makes a placid and generous early morning companion, unlikely to alarm with any gratuitous perkiness.’
    • ‘Then a genuine live television moment happens, the sort of occasion that could induce hyperekplexia in the most placid soul.’
    • ‘They were easy targets, as the presence of people doesn't seem to disturb them and they are placid and friendly by nature.’
    • ‘The placid nature of many of the skits is due mostly in part to the fact that times have changed and so has the country's sense of what is funny.’
    even-tempered, calm, equable, tranquil, imperturbable, unexcitable, peaceable, peaceful, serene, mild, gentle, quiet, cool, cool-headed, collected, cool, calm, and collected, composed, self-possessed, poised, easy-going, temperate, level-headed, steady, unruffled, unmoved, undisturbed, unperturbed, unemotional, phlegmatic, stolid, bovine
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    1. 1.1 (especially of a place or stretch of water) calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity.
      ‘the placid waters of a small lake’
      • ‘Ironically, the day of the Great Invasion was a very calm and placid one.’
      • ‘Their somewhat placid life is disturbed when an old friend comes to stay.’
      • ‘The views were striking, with the Mountains of Mourne on our right and, just after Kilcoo, the placid waters of Lough Island Reavy on our left.’
      • ‘I had no ambition of asking for a luxurious house by a placid lake from my husband because I was used to hearing airplanes every day.’
      • ‘But every one or two minutes, the placid water erupts in an explosion of mud, followed by a plume of white steam.’
      • ‘Theft is on the rise in previously placid rural areas.’
      • ‘The sea was so calm and placid on top but underneath, it was as busy as a train station.’
      • ‘It's the same in the fishing hamlets by this now calm and placid sea.’
      • ‘Kayaking on the ocean is not the same as kayaking on a placid lake.’
      • ‘Despite the placid surface that suggested a serene dream, he twitched occasionally, as if his eyes would burst wide awake.’
      • ‘We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.’
      • ‘A couple of km further down the coast is a placid strip of sand known as Sunset Beach, which is a good option for the non-surfers.’
      • ‘When the wind blows, it can be a fearsome proposition, yet, like all links, it is vulnerable when the weather is calm and placid.’
      • ‘The Ouse may look placid, but it is cold, wide, deep and fast-flowing.’
      • ‘It showed in her movements, those fine steps and twists that were as smooth as prized silk and as calm as the placid lake on a sunny day.’
      • ‘Together, they go angling for the state's native muskie fish in the placid waters of Rib Lake.’
      • ‘At the southern tip of the city, another enterprising group is trying to market the placid backwaters of rural Kerala.’
      • ‘Life in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Knapely is pleasant, but placid to the point of paralysis.’
      • ‘Few know that Hebbal Lake is an ideal place for a quiet paddle on placid waters.’
      • ‘The moments sped, the ripples died away, the face of the pool grew placid and untroubled, and neither black nor golden head broke surface in quest of air.’
      quiet, calm, tranquil, still, peaceful, motionless, smooth, waveless, pacific, unruffled, undisturbed, like a millpond
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Early 17th century: from French placide, from Latin placidus, from placere ‘to please’.