Definitions for unsteadyʌnˈstɛd i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•stead•yʌnˈstɛd i(adj.; v.)-stead•ied, -stead•y•ing.
(adj.)not steady or firm; unstable; shaky.
fluctuating or wavering:
an unsteady flame.
irregular or uneven.
(v.t.)to make unsteady.
Origin of unsteady:
subject to change or variation
"her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
not firmly or solidly positioned
"climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder"; "an unfirm stance"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
The boxer looked unsteady on his feet.
likely to change or fail; = unstable
an unsteady government/economy; The team has been unsteady all season.; She stood up unsteadily.
To render unsteady, removing balance.
Not held firmly in position.
Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.
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.