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She is from a staid, conservative family.
  respectable or conservative, and low-keyed in behavior — possibly a bit dull
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  • She is from a staid, conservative family.
  • She is a staid accountant by day, but a wild partier at night.
  • Amsterdam’s famously lax attitude toward drugs and sex belies the staid, insular nature of its society.
    Eben Harrell  --, 7/11/10  --,8599,2003098,00.html#ixzz0tWF47dFG(retrieved 07/12/10)
  • In no time you’ll be a staid, middle-aged matron, and I shall be nice, old maid Aunt Anne, coming to visit you on vacations.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island

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  • Perhaps by the time you return to Paris, I shall be quite a sober, staid father of a family
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They were so staid looking.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • She looks so much like Catherine I catch my breath—the plane of her face, the cut of her hair, the slim thighs I’ve always imagined were under Catherine’s staid skirts.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • he seems kind of staid and school-teachery.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • in staid, hard brown or black, with gold watch chains and now and then a stick;
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • A staid housekeeper brought on bread to serve them,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • A staid housekeeper brought on bread to serve them,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • A staid housekeeper brought on bread to serve him,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • In the shadow of his teacher an extra staidness had fallen over the young divinity student, and his smile was lukewarm with dignity.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Our precarious balance, heretofore contained in a staid wobble, suddenly became much more erratic.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I staid at the camp meeting one day longer than I intended when I left.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Perhaps by the time you return to Paris, I shall be quite a sober, staid father of a family!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • _ I staid within this day, there being a continual rain; and it was somewhat more chilly and cold than usual.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Chastised, Eragon adopted a staid demeanor, but inside he still bubbled with energy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was a cool spot, staid but cheerful, a wonderful place for echoes, and a very harbour from the raging streets.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Easy, easy, etc., come from the elderly staid spectators, who pat her comfortingly.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The huge green fragment of ice on which she alighted pitched and creaked as her weight came on it, but she staid there not a moment.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Even staid, prissy Thoreau, who famously declared that it was enough to have "traveled a good deal in Concord," felt compelled to visit the more fearsome wilds of nineteenth-century Maine and climb Mt. Katahdin.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Instead of rambling, this party had preserved a dignified homogeneity, and assumed to itself the function of representing the staid nobility of the country-side — East Egg condescending to West Egg, and carefully on guard against its spectroscopic gayety.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • But more than that, I just couldn’t reconcile a staid, respectable, dull concept like husband with my concept of Edward.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I could not hear what he set forth to them, but he had not staid there long with them, when each ran vying back within.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He wandered through the village, recognising with staid satisfaction the various gods he had known before the long journey.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Her appearance always acted as a damper to the curiosity raised by her oral oddities: hard-featured and staid, she had no point to which interest could attach.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This was my bed all the time I staid with those people, though made more convenient by degrees, as I began to learn their language and make my wants known.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Chapter XXXVIII If that staid old house near the Green at Richmond should ever come to be haunted when I am dead, it will be haunted, surely, by my ghost.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • If he had been able to buy all of the newspapers of the United States the next morning, he might have discovered that his beer-hunting exploit was being perused by some two score millions of people, and had served as a text for editorials in half the staid and solemn businessmen’s newspapers in the land.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I afterwards staid with that friend in New York, and found her in comfortable circumstances.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Sancho had not thought it worth while to hobble Rocinante, feeling sure, from what he knew of his staidness and freedom from incontinence, that all the mares in the Cordova pastures would not lead him into an impropriety.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It did not occur to her that if she married Ashley she would automatically be relegated to arbors and front parlors with staid matrons in dull silks, as staid and dull as they and not a part of the fun and frolicking.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They could not quite understand why this staid young Catholic, a successful engineer who had taken his degree at Harvard, a husband and the father of three children, should choose to befriend an uneducated, homicidal half-breed whom he knew but slightly and had not seen for nine years.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She saw staid family vehicles drawn by dependable-looking teams.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • She had a little basket-trifle hanging at her side, with keys in it; and she looked as staid and as discreet a housekeeper as the old house could have.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • 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.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • These two small, protective figures, sitting staidly under their small roof—what a power they had!
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • They came out into the Old Town, with its massive staid town houses from the turn of the century.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • No longer is Leopold, as he sits there, ruminating, chewing the cud of reminiscence, that staid agent of publicity and holder of a modest substance in the funds.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Her thoughts were staid and solemnly adapted to a condition.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "Or perhaps they amuse your honor?" remarked Alpatych with a staid air, as he pointed at the old men with his free hand.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It rained very hard all the day; I was thoroughly soak’d, and by noon a good deal tired; so I stopt at a poor inn, where I staid all night, beginning now to wish that I had never left home.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • —The two Abbots and I ran into the front room and peeped through the blind when we heard he was going by, and Miss Nash came and scolded us away, and staid to look through herself; however, she called me back presently, and let me look too, which was very good-natured.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Nikolai Petrovitch was surprised; Fenitchka, the reserved and staid Fenitchka, had never given him a caress in the presence of a third person.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • You had better have staid with us.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Then I’ll marry a staid body.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Quite a staid, worn woman now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She’s a breath of fresh air in this staid old place, I can tell you that.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
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