stagy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stagy having characteristics of the stage especially an artificial and mannered quality "stagy heroics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stagy Having an air or manner characteristic of the stage; theatrical; artificial; as, a stagy tone or bearing; -- chiefly used depreciatively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stagy Savoring of the stage; theatrieal; conventional in manner: in a depreciatory sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Stagy suggesting the stage, theatrical
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estage (Fr. étage), a story of a house, through a L. form staticus, from stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

But the staginess of her acting was unbearable, and grew worse as she went on.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
It's a rather stagy throne, the Wolfburghs!
"Frances Waldeaux" by Rebecca Harding Davis
Peppajee's staginess irritated him.
"Good Indian" by B. M. Bower
If I detest anything, it is the unconventional, the stagy, the mysterious.
"The Firefly Of France" by Marion Polk Angellotti
But his first heat spent he soon cooled down, and was able to laugh at the stagy explosiveness of his attitude.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
Its tawdry staginess, its "Sadler's Wells sarcasm," its constant striving after strong effects, are distressing to good taste.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
He is always working for striking, stagy effects.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
And they hire stage actors to interpret the stagiest of stage plots in as stagy a way as they know how.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
There is not a touch of staginess about Isolda; she was not born in the green-room.
"Wagner" by John F. Runciman
Compared with "The Valkyrie," "The Flying Dutchman" is ill-contrived and stagy.
"Old Scores and New Readings" by John F. Runciman
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In poetry:

Their death on stage is so genuine
That, next to its perfection,
Those in the graveyards,
The truly dead,
Made up for tragedy, once and for all time,
Seem stagy and unstill!
"Actors" by Marin Sorescu

In news:

Even the scenes away from rehearsal play rather stagy.
( Julie Stagis / November 16, 2012 ).
Due to the staginess of the clip, plus how hard we find it to believe that anybody would actually do this, we're 99% sure this video is a fake.
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