- tending to shake or tremble.
- trembling; tremulous.
- liable to break down or give way; insecure; not to be depended upon: a shaky bridge.
- wavering, as in allegiance: His loyalty, always shaky, was now nonexistent.
Origin of shaky
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Examples from the Web for shakily
"The—ship that was on Orede came in during the night," Maril told him shakily.Pariah Planet
He sat up and shakily ran a hand through his wet hair as he spoke.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I can't see the upper sails, sir," declared Gambril shakily.The Shadow-Line
He fumbled in his pocket for a cigarette and shakily lighted it.Make Mine Homogenized
Shakily, he removed his headband and snapped the playback off.Indirection
Everett B. Cole
- tending to shake or tremble
- liable to prove defective; unreliable
- uncertain or questionableyour arguments are very shaky
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Word Origin and History for shakily
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