Nearby words

  1. stead,
  2. steadfast,
  3. steadfastly,
  4. steadicam,
  5. steading,
  6. steady as a rock,
  7. steady state,
  8. steady state theory,
  9. steady state universe,
  10. steady-going


    go steady, Informal. to date one person exclusively: Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.

Origin of steady

1520–30; 1905–10 for def 12; stead + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for go steady


adjective steadier or steadiest

not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
free from fluctuationthe level stayed steady
not easily excited; imperturbable
staid; sober
regular; habituala steady drinker
continuousa steady flow
nautical (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas

verb steadies, steadying or steadied

to make or become steady


in a steady manner
go steady informal to date one person regularly

noun plural steadies

informal one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend


nautical an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
British a command to get set to start, as in a raceready, steady, go!
Derived Formssteadier, nounsteadily, adverbsteadiness, noun

Word Origin for steady

C16: from stead + -y 1; related to Old High German stātīg, Middle Dutch stēdig

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Word Origin and History for go steady
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Idioms and Phrases with go steady

go steady

Date one person exclusively, as in Parents often don't approve of their children's decision to go steady. This usage may be obsolescent. [Slang; c. 1900] Also see go together, def. 2; go with, def. 1.


In addition to the idiom beginning with steady

  • steady as a rock

also see:

  • go steady
  • slow but sure (steady wins the race)
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