What does Steady mean?

Definitions for Steady
ˈstɛd isteady

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sweetheart, sweetie, steady, trueloveadjective

    a person loved by another person

  2. steadyadjective

    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

    "a steady beat"; "a steady job"; "a steady breeze"; "a steady increase"; "a good steady ballplayer"

  3. firm, steady, unfluctuatingadjective

    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

    "stocks are still firm"

  4. steadyadjective

    securely in position; not shaky

    "held the ladder steady"

  5. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwaveringadjective

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

  6. regular, steadyadjective

    relating to a person who does something regularly

    "a regular customer"; "a steady drinker"

  7. steadyverb

    not easily excited or upset

    "steady nerves"

  8. steady, calm, becalmverb

    make steady

    "steady yourself"

  9. brace, steady, stabilize, stabiliseadverb

    support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

    "brace your elbows while working on the potter's wheel"

  10. steadily, steadyadverb

    in a steady manner

    "he could still walk steadily"


  1. steadyverb

    To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.

  2. steadyadjective

    smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions

  3. steadyadjective

    regular and even

  4. steadyadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Steadyadjective

    Etymology: stædig , Saxon.

    Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute. Philip Sidney.

    He sails ’tween worlds and worlds with steady wing. John Milton.

    Steer the bounding bark with steady toil,
    When the storm thickens and the billows boil. Alexander Pope.

    Now clear I understand,
    What oft my steadiest thoughts have search’d in vain. John Milton.

    Steady to my principles, and not dispirited with my afflictions, I have, by the blessing of God, overcome all difficulties. John Dryden, Æneid.

    A clear sight keeps the understanding steady. John Locke.


  1. steady

    Steady is an adjective that describes something as firmly fixed, stable, constant, not subject to change, fluctuating or shaking. It can refer to a consistent speed or level in movement, progress, or rate, exhibiting little variability or fluctuation. It can also refer to a person showing reliability, dependability, or calmness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steadynoun

    firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm

  2. Steadynoun

    constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute; as, a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object

  3. Steadynoun

    regular; constant; undeviating; uniform; as, the steady course of the sun; a steady breeze of wind

  4. Steadyverb

    to make steady; to hold or keep from shaking, reeling, or falling; to make or keep firm; to support; to make constant, regular, or resolute

  5. Steadyverb

    to become steady; to regain a steady position or state; to move steadily

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steady

    sted′i, adj. (comp. Stead′ier, superl. Stead′iest) firm in standing or in place: fixed: stable: constant: resolute: consistent: regular: uniform: sober, industrious.—v.t. to make steady: to make or keep firm:—pa.t. and pa.p. stead′ied.n. a rest or support, as for the hand, a tool, or a piece of work.—adv. Stead′ily.—n. Stead′iness.—adj. Stead′y-gō′ing, of steady habits or action. [A.S. stæððigstæð, stead, bank; Ger. stätig, continual.]

Editors Contribution

  1. steady

    Balanced, controlled and secure in position.

    The aircraft was steady the whole flight over the ocean and we were very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 17, 2017  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Steady is ranked #63373 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Steady surname appeared 315 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Steady.

    90.7% or 286 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.4% or 11 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Steady' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3779

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Steady' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4301

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Steady' in Adjectives Frequency: #497

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Steady in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Steady in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Steady in a Sentence

  1. Lawrence Yun:

    An annual gain in home sales will not occur until 2024, meanwhile, home prices will be steady in most parts of the country with a minor change in the national median home price.

  2. Mike Krzyzewski:

    Wake Forest : The Demon Deacons had lost four of five coming in, sitting a game ahead of last-place North Carolina in the ACC. Now The Demon Deacons have The Demon Deacons first wins against both Duke and UNC under The Demon Deacons sixth-year coach, both coming in the past month, with Krzyzewski saying Wake Forest was the team that was deserving of winning. I thought The Demon Deacons was The Demon Deacons, Manning said. FOUL TROUBLE Star freshman big man Vernon Carey Jr. had 10 points before becoming one of three Blue Devils to foul out. The list included Justin Robinson the son of retired NBA great David Robinson providing an unexpected lift with a season high six points and three blocks in 12 minutes. That included playing a steady final six minutes of a first half that saw Duke trail by 12 but rally to tie it at 39 on Tre Jones 3-pointer at the horn. Really Justin Robinson saved us or else we shouldve been down about 10 or 15 points.

  3. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf:

    After maintaining a relatively steady presence along the border, Russia is sending additional units there, these forces will give Russia its largest presence on the border since October 2014.

  4. Liz Bentley:

    It's going to continue into the autumn and then really, we don't know beyond that. It depends on whether we see any significant rainfall -- good steady rainfall that replenishes water levels, what we don't want at the moment are heavy, thundery downpours, because the ground is so dry that water just runs off. It doesn't soak into the ground.

  5. Scott Mather:

    In general, more global divergence, more volatility and more overshoots will create great opportunities for active fixed income investors, but a good defense is required as monetary policy is likely to represent a headwind for all financial assets instead of the steady tailwind it has been for the past several years.

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