What does unsteady mean?

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ʌnˈstɛd iun·steady

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unsteadyadjective

    subject to change or variation

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

  2. unfirm, unsteadyadjective

    not firmly or solidly positioned

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


  1. unsteadyverb

    To render unsteady, removing balance.

  2. unsteadyadjective

    Not held firmly in position.

  3. unsteadyadjective

    Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.

  4. unsteadyadjective

    Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.

  5. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unsteadyadjective

    And her unsteady hand hath often plac’d
    Men in high pow’r, but seldom holds them fast. John Denham.

    No measures can be taken of an unsteady mind; still ’tis too much or too little. Roger L'Estrange.

    While choice remains, he will be still unsteady,
    And nothing but necessity can fix him. Nicholas Rowe.

    If the motion of the sun were as unequal as that of a ship driven by unsteady winds, it would not at all help us to measure time. John Locke.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unsteady

    un-sted′i, adj. not steady: changeable.—v.t. to make unsteady.—adj. Unstead′fast, not steadfast or resolute: insecure.—adv. Unstead′fastly.—n. Unstead′fastness.—adv. Unstead′ily, in an unsteady manner.—n. Unstead′iness, the state or quality of being unsteady: want of firmness: irresolution.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsteady in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsteady in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unsteady in a Sentence

  1. James Betts:

    More variable glucose levels can indicate a poorer diet or a more unsteady metabolism, and chronic inflammation from the body's excess exposure to glucose can lead to issues like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

  2. Joel Payne:

    You can draw a straight line between Trump being unsteady and erratic and people clinging more to Joe Biden, 'Uncle Joe' is the safety blanket that many Democratic voters will continue to lean on as long as they view Donald Trump as the existential threat.

  3. General Milley:

    Things may look unsteady, but that's the nature of democracy, Li Zuocheng. We are 100 percent steady. Everything is fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes.

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  • غير مستقرArabic
  • irregularSpanish
  • لق, شلPersian
  • epävakaa, epäsäännöllinenFinnish
  • tatutatu, tīkokiMāori
  • непостоянный, неустойчивый, зыбкий, шаткий, переменчивыйRussian
  • ostadigSwedish

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