V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. dignified and sedate in manner and habit; 2. very self-controlled to the point of seeming boring or old-fashioned

Synonyms: serious, reserved, stuffy, somber, dignified, sober, steady, self-controlled

Antonyms: frivolous, wild

Tips: Use the word staid to describe anyone who has a "sedate" personality--they don't say or do much. You can also use the word staid to describe something that is overly prim and proper, to the point that it is boring and stuffy.

Usage Examples:

Unsmiling and staid, their hostess seemed more interested in their use of coasters than in their conversation. (dignified, stuffy)

The movie tells the story of a staid Catholic parish that transforms into a down-to-earth, popular presence in the community. (reserved, dignified)

During the late 90ís many staid hotel chains lost business to more hip, boutique style hotels, but this trend now seems to be over. (stuffy, steady)

His staid manner at the party made me question whether he was enjoying himself. (somber, reserved)

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