Word of the Day: Staid


staid / stād


1. sober; sedate; serious; conforming to proper, conventional standards

Madame Reuter looked more like a joyous, free-living old Flemish fermiere, or even a maitresse d’auberge, than a staid, grave, rigid directrice de pensionnat.

From “The Professor” by Charlotte Brontë, 1816 – 1855

2. permanent; stationary

There is nothing settled, nothing staid in this universe.

From “The Waves” by Virginia Woolf, 1882 – 1941