- 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 unsteadiness
And he laughed aloud, a laugh of utter confidence in spite of all its unsteadiness.Once to Every Man
There was no trace of unsteadiness in her voice and her eyes were dry.The Grell Mystery
There was no unsteadiness in his tone, no trace of emotion, as he stood up before her.Macaria
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
No doubt his unsteadiness is nervousness and not vice, and is the result of an accident.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
She even thought she detected an unsteadiness in the hand that held his pipe.The Heart of Unaga
- 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 unsteadiness
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