EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective, shak·i·er, shak·i·est. tending to shake or tremble. trembling; tremulous. liable to break down or give way; insecure; not to be depended upon: a shaky bridge. wavering, as in allegiance: His loyalty, always shaky, was now nonexistent. Origin of shaky
First recorded in
-y 1 Related forms shak·i·ly, adverb shak·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for shakily Historical Examples of shakily
"The—ship that was on Orede came in during the night," Maril told him
He sat up and
shakily ran a hand through his wet hair as he spoke.
"I can't see the upper sails, sir," declared Gambril
He fumbled in his pocket for a cigarette and
shakily lighted it. Shakily, he removed his headband and snapped the playback off. British Dictionary definitions for shakily adjective shakier or shakiest tending to shake or tremble liable to prove defective; unreliable uncertain or questionable your arguments are very shaky Derived Forms shakily, adverb shakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shakily adj.
1840, of handwriting; 1841 of persons, horses, and credit; 1850 of structures; from
shake (v.) + -y (2). General sense of "uncertain, of questionable integrity" is from 1834. Earliest of trees or logs, "split, having fissures" (1808). Related: Shakily; shakiness.
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