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Sedate, respectable, and unadventurous.‘staid law firms’
sedate, respectable, quiet, serious, serious-minded, steady, conventional, traditional, unadventurous, unenterprising, set in one's waysgrave, solemn, severe, sombre, sober, proper, decorous, formalstuffy, prim, demure, prissy, stiffstarchy, uptight, stick-in-the-mudView synonyms
- ‘British cinema is often seen as a staid and starchy affair, as lacking in feeling as it was in aesthetic passion.’
- ‘Now, they're just staid old men and women in freshly pressed casual suits and middle management voices.’
- ‘Pre-Kronos, any chamber music recital was a staid affair where great music was all-important.’
- ‘The acting can be overemphatic and the blocking a bit staid, but the pacing is just right.’
- ‘Every comic had a point of view and everyone avoided staid old routines based on set-piece jokes.’
- ‘It is a slick piece of work, more like a product of Madison Avenue than staid Capitol Hill.’
- ‘New England in the 19th century was the apex of conformity: staid, stuffy and abstemious.’
- ‘Some TV shows are a little bit staid and need livening up a bit.’
- ‘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 envisioned a staid, quiet event in which people would come and go in silence.’
- ‘In mathematics he strove to preserve something of what seemed a more staid and sober tradition.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I was expecting a slightly staid, old-fashioned choir, with little of real interest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Yorkshire food is traditionally seen as staid and stodgy, but can be modern and exciting.’
- ‘This site will no doubt be jarring to the casual observer more familiar with staid academic websites.’
- ‘The normally staid company has become a lot more adventurous of late.’
- ‘In those days the staid, solitary Christmas tree on The Mound with its handful of lights was the highlight of my year.’
Mid 16th century: archaic past participle of stay.
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