adjective, stead·i·er, stead·i·est.
noun, plural stead·ies.
verb (used with object), stead·ied, stead·y·ing.
verb (used without object), stead·ied, stead·y·ing.
Origin of steady
Synonyms for steady
Related Words for steadiestconstant, solid, reliable, safe, substantial, durable, regular, consistent, continuous, persistent, incessant, stable, uninterrupted, unbroken, resolute, fast, dependable, calm, intense, even
Examples from the Web for steadiest
Contemporary Examples of steadiest
Still, the right guys in Iowa are always looking for the steadiest, longest paycheck.Mitt Romney Will Win Iowa Caucus, Predicts GOP Insider
November 12, 2011
Historical Examples of steadiest
The steadiest goer in the world; but perhaps you would like me to go after her?A Hungarian Nabob
Wauna was perfectly calm, and managed the motor with the steadiest nerves.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
My eldest boy, Peter, named after me, was one of the steadiest fellows I ever met.Peter Biddulph
He was a quiet, amiable young man, and one of the steadiest in our camp.Captain Mugford
Ditto George, the gasman, steadiest and most reliable man I ever employed.The Letters of Charles Dickens
adjective steadier or steadiest
verb steadies, steadying or steadied
noun plural steadies
Word Origin for steady
1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.
Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.
1520s, from steady (adj.). Related: Steadied; steadying.
"one's boyfriend or girlfriend," 1897 from steady (adj.); to go steady is 1905 in teenager slang.
In addition to the idiom beginning with steady
- steady as a rock
- go steady
- slow but sure (steady wins the race)