- not steady or firm; unstable; shaky: an unsteady hand.
- fluctuating or wavering: an unsteady flame; unsteady prices.
- irregular or uneven: an unsteady development.
- to make unsteady.
Origin of unsteady
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1. See unsettled. 2. vacillating, flickering.
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Examples from the Web for unsteadily
“I think I will go up and call on William,” she said, unsteadily.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
He rose to his feet, so unsteadily that his chair fell over with a bang.Mistress Wilding
He goes off unsteadily; then from out of the luminous mists there appears the Jam-wagon.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
He found himself able to rise and his legs carried him unsteadily to the door.Erik Dorn
"It is not the prize that we wish," returned Madge unsteadily.Madge Morton's Secret
Amy D. V. Chalmers
- not securely fixedan unsteady foothold
- (of behaviour, etc) lacking constancy; erratic
- without regularityan unsteady rhythm
- (of a manner of walking, etc) precarious, staggering, as from intoxication
- (tr) to make unsteady
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Word Origin and History for unsteadily
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