- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. See unsettled. 2. vacillating, flickering.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for unsteady
He discovered his friend—the worse for wear and unsteady on her feet—in the second-floor living room.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
You stand on an unsteady pontoon bridge spanning the Tigris River in a township called Adh Dhouloueya.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Besides worrying about how the models would walk on the unsteady ground, audience members knew something magical would happen.Phillip Lim's Force of Nature
September 9, 2013
As his hand neared the latch I could see in the dim light that his movements were unsteady.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The strain upon him had been so great that his nerves and brain were unsteady.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Blandois' hand was unsteady; but he laughed, and that would naturally shake it.Little Dorrit
They were done with some very poor instrument, and hurriedly, with an unsteady hand.A Tale of Two Cities
He looked down at his sister with glittering and unsteady eyes.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for unsteady
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper