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.

Nearby words

  1. shakspere, william,
  2. shakta,
  3. shakti,
  4. shaktism,
  5. shakuntala,
  6. shakyamuni,
  7. shalach manoth,
  8. shale,
  9. shale oil,
  10. shall

Origin of shaky

First recorded in 1695–1705; shake + -y1

Related formsshak·i·ly, adverbshak·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shaky


adjective shakier or shakiest

tending to shake or tremble
liable to prove defective; unreliable
uncertain or questionableyour arguments are very shaky
Derived Formsshakily, adverbshakiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for shaky



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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