Definitions for unsteadyʌnˈstɛd i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•stead•yʌnˈstɛd i(adj.; v.)-stead•ied, -stead•y•ing.

  1. (adj.)not steady or firm; unstable; shaky.

  2. fluctuating or wavering:

    an unsteady flame.

  3. irregular or uneven.

  4. (v.t.)to make unsteady.

Origin of unsteady:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. unsteady(adj)

    subject to change or variation

    "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"

  2. unfirm, unsteady(adj)

    not firmly or solidly positioned

    "climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder"; "an unfirm stance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. unsteady(adjective)ʌnˈstɛd i

    ≠ steady

    The boxer looked unsteady on his feet.

  2. unsteadyʌnˈstɛd i

    likely to change or fail; = unstable

    an unsteady government/economy; The team has been unsteady all season.; She stood up unsteadily.


  1. unsteady(Verb)

    To render unsteady, removing balance.

  2. unsteady(Adjective)

    Not held firmly in position.

  3. unsteady(Adjective)

    Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.

  4. unsteady(Adjective)

    Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.

  5. Origin: Created by adding the prefix un- to steady. Like steady, the word first appeared in English around 1530. The word is comparable to the Old Frisian onstedich, the Low German unstadig etc.


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