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From an obsolete spelling of stayed, the past participle of stay, used as an adjective.[1][2]



staid (comparative staider, superlative staidest)

  1. Not capricious or impulsive; sedate, serious, sober.
    Synonyms: composed, dignified, regular, steady; see also Thesaurus:serious, Thesaurus:temperate
    Antonyms: fanciful, unpredictable, volatile, wild
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv], page 382, column 2:
      Put thy ſelfe / Into a hauiour of leſſe feare, ere wildneſſe / Vanquiſh my ſtayder Senſes.
    • 1835, [Louisa Sidney Stanhope], chapter III, in Sydney Beresford. A Tale of the Day. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, [], OCLC 1064976196, pages 70–71:
      The hours of study, the hours of recreation, the sports, the pastimes, the casualties, which in the staider years of life pass without note or comment, alike are wrapped and muffled in the one roseate haze.
    • 1866, M[ary] E[lizabeth] Dodge [i.e., Mary Mapes Dodge], “A Catastrophe”, in Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates. A Story of Life in Holland, New York, N.Y.: James O’Kane, [], OCLC 4343007, page 97:
      As for Peter, he was the happiest of the happy, and had sung and whistled so joyously while skating that the staidest passers-by had smiled as they listened.
    • 1915, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter CXII, in Of Human Bondage, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, OCLC 890513588, pages 594–595:
      He wondered what had become of the boys who were his companions: they were nearly thirty now; some would be dead, but others were married and had children; they were soldiers and parsons, doctors, lawyers; they were staid men who were beginning to put youth behind them. Had any of them made such a hash of life as he?
    • 1996, Gina Ferris Wilkins, chapter 1, in Cody’s Fiancée (Silhouette Special Edition; 1006), New York, N.Y.: Silhouette, →ISBN; republished Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin, 2013, →ISBN:
      I was just thinking that it's sure been a long time since you've pulled one of your great practical jokes. You've gotten downright boring lately, Cody. Staid, even.
    • 2005 February 28, “[Cate] Blanchett wins supporting actress Oscar”, in China Daily[1], New York, N.Y.: China Daily Distribution Corp., ISSN 0748-6154, OCLC 312018018, archived from the original on 20 October 2008:
      Producers of the show hoped the presence of mouthy first-time host Chris Rock might boost ratings, particularly among younger viewers who may view the Oscars as too staid an affair.
    • 2008 September 26, Omar Waraich, “How Sarah Palin Rallied Pakistan’s Feminists”, in Time[2], New York, N.Y.: Time Warner Publishing, ISSN 0928-8430, OCLC 749127914, archived from the original on 17 May 2017:
      Meetings between Pakistani and American leaders are traditionally staid and predictable, although some Pakistanis are fond of recalling an apocryphal 1963 exchange between John F. Kennedy and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – father of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, to whom [Asif Ali] Zardari was married. Impressed by the then Foreign Minister, who would become Prime Minister before being deposed by a U.S.-backed military dictator in 1977 and later executed, Kennedy is alleged to have said, "If you were an American, you would be in my Cabinet." Bhutto is alleged to have answered, "Be careful, Mr. President. If I were an American, you would be in my Cabinet."
  2. (rare) Always fixed in the same location; stationary.
    • 1814, Leigh Hunt, The Descent of Liberty, a Mask, London: Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, [], published 1815, OCLC 709322, scene III, page 42:
      'Tis not age or height alone / Can secure the staidest throne / From the reach of Change or Death,— []
    • 1867, John MacGregor, chapter II, in The Voyage Alone in the Yawl “Rob Roy,” from London to Paris, and back by Havre, the Isle of Wight, South Coast, &c., London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, [], OCLC 5212780, page 37:
      [I]n a common sailor's life sleep is not a regular thing as we have it on shore, and perhaps that staid glazy and sedate-looking eye, which a hard-worked seaman usually has, is really caused by broken slumber. He is never completely awake, but he is never entirely asleep.

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  1. Obsolete spelling of stayed
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, “Which Consists of Visiting”, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume V, London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292, book XIII (Containing the Space of Twelve Days), page 29:
      The Company had now ſtaid ſo long, that Mrs. Fitzpatrick plainly perceived they all deſigned to ſtay out each other. She therefore reſolved to rid herſelf of Jones, he being the Viſitant, to whom ſhe thought the leaſt Ceremony was due.
    • 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter XIX, in Pride and Prejudice, volume III, London: [] T[homas] Egerton [], OCLC 38659585, page 320:
      Though Darcy could never receive him at Pemberley, yet, for Elizabeth's sake, he assisted him farther in his profession. Lydia was occasionally a visitor there, when her husband was gone to enjoy himself in London or Bath; and with the Bingleys they both of them frequently staid so long, that even Bingley's good humour was overcome, and he proceeded so far as to talk of giving them a hint to be gone.


  1. ^ staid, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1915; “staid” in Lexico,; Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ staid” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.



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staid f (genitive singular staide, nominative plural staideanna)

  1. stadium
  2. furlong

Etymology 2[edit]

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staid f (genitive singular staide, nominative plural staideanna)

  1. state, condition
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