adjective, shak·i·er, shak·i·est.
tending to shake or tremble.
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
Related formsshak·i·ly, adverbshak·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1695–1705; shake
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for shakinessuncertainty
Examples from the Web for shakiness
Historical Examples of shakiness
"I am your chief," he began, trying to master the shakiness of his voice.
The ink is faded and brown, the flourishes have the shakiness of age.
Rick spoke up, and he was surprised that there was no shakiness in his voice.
But he must have felt the shakiness of his answer afterwards.
The shakiness of his little raft dissuaded him, and he abandoned the idea.
British Dictionary definitions for shakiness
adjective shakier or shakiest
Derived Formsshakily, adverbshakiness, noun
tending to shake or tremble
liable to prove defective; unreliable
uncertain or questionableyour arguments are very shaky
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Word Origin and History for shakiness
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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