Still, the right guys in Iowa are always looking for the steadiest, longest paycheck.
He blazes, if you will, but that is not always the steadiest light.
He was a quiet, amiable young man, and one of the steadiest in our camp.
Ditto George, the gasman, steadiest and most reliable man I ever employed.
Im trusting you two with these because I think you are the steadiest ones.
These were composed of the steadiest of the pikemen flanked by the wondrous archers who had turned so many a tide of battle.
Lady Holchester listened with the steadiest and coldest attention.
Which rose upon that heavy day, And mocked it with its steadiest ray.
Of all women she was the steadiest, the most tranquil, the least abrupt in her movements.
At a hard gallop, Mr. M— (with the mildest and steadiest air and with perfect safety) took us right across country.
1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.
Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.
1520s, from steady (adj.). Related: Steadied; steadying.
"one's boyfriend or girlfriend," 1897 from steady (adj.); to go steady is 1905 in teenager slang.
One's constant and only boyfriend or girlfriend (1897+)