staidly, adv.staidness, n.
/stayd/, adj.
1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
2. fixed, settled, or permanent.
3. Archaic. a pt. and pp. of stay1.
[1535-45 for adj. use]
Syn. 1. proper, serious, decorous, solemn. STAID, SEDATE, SETTLED indicate a sober and composed type of conduct. STAID indicates an ingrained seriousness and propriety that shows itself in complete decorum; a colorless kind of correctness is indicated: a staid and uninteresting family. SEDATE applies to one who is noticeably quiet, composed, and sober in conduct: a sedate and dignified young man. One who is SETTLED has become fixed, esp. in a sober or determined way, in manner, judgments, or mode of life: He is young to be so settled in his ways.
Ant. 1. wild, frivolous.

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Universalium. 2010.


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