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  • adjective superlative form of staid: most staid.


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  • "This is because the North Village has always been the staidest place in Xanth," Trent explained.

    Harpy Thyme Anthony, Piers, 1934- 1994

  • There was an air of subdued excitement visible in the oldest and staidest of the servants, for in spite of Wyvis 'many shortcomings and his equivocal position, he was universally liked by his inferiors, if not by those who esteemed themselves his superiors, in social station.

    A True Friend A Novel Adeline Sergeant

  • He had a queer conviction that his was the only static spirit in the whole theatre, that secretly, in their hearts, the audience had flung themselves into the riot with her, the oldest and staidest of them, as perhaps they had often wanted to do when they heard

    The Dark House 1922

  • There was no doubt about it; she made fools of the staidest, if for no better end than that the spectacle might amuse me.

    The Cords of Vanity A Comedy of Shirking James Branch Cabell 1918

  • Our preparations complete, we were sprawling on the lawn; the staidest and most self respecting of the rabbits had been let loose to grace the feast, and was lopping demurely about the grass, selecting the juiciest plantains; while Selina, as the eldest lady present, was toying, in her affected feminine way, with the first full tumbler, daintily fishing for bits of broken cork.

    The Golden Age 1915

  • Norman, an old and expert student of the great game -- the only game for which the staidest and most serious will abandon all else to follow its merry call -- Norman knew this trick of mystery.

    Grain of Dust. 1911

  • And the white fur bundle, rising to her feet, laughed and laughed till the oldest and staidest warrior could not help smiling.

    The Princess Pocahontas Virginia Watson 1904

  • He could blow out his crop and strut in the sun and make rainbows all round his neck in a way that might turn the heart of the staidest Homerine.

    Animal Heroes Ernest Thompson Seton 1903

  • 'Yes, John, and one of the staidest and most serene.

    Echoes of the War 1898

  • Branson County, North Carolina, is in a sequestered district of one of the staidest and most conservative States of the Union.

    The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line, and Selected Essays 1895


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