staid

Part of speech: noun

Staidness.

Part of speech: adverb

Staidly.

Part of speech:

Imp. & pp. of STAY, v.

Part of speech: adjective

Steady and sober; sedate.

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Usage examples "staid":

  1. If he staid, but for a moment, she might come out to him, and change her mind, so he put spurs to his horse and galloped away, merely stopping long enough, as he passed the stables, to give orders that the carriage be prepared for Mrs Keswick, and taken round to the front. - "The Late Mrs. Null", Frank Richard Stockton.
  2. The nurse was a staid, elderly woman, who assured him she was accustomed to the sole charge of the child, and would keep her entirely under her own control. - "Probable Sons", Amy LeFeuvre.
  3. They staid there all night. - "Narrative of the Captivity of William Biggs among the Kickapoo Indians in Illinois in 1788", William Biggs.