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
Examples from the Web for steadily
Contemporary Examples of steadily
Slow at first, then steadily, a stream of liquid drips off the incision.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
It was reaffirmed in 2012, and popular support has been steadily building an ever—healthier majority for marriage equality.America’s First Post-Gay Governor
October 24, 2014
Incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is steadily but narrowly leading GOP challenger Thom Tillis.Who Are the Judicial Activists Now?
October 7, 2014
Tensions have been steadily rising for years, but recent developments have been different from the annual protests of past.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
The birth rate to unmarried mothers has, with a few pauses, steadily climbed since the 1940s.Unwed Women in the United States Are Having Fewer Babies
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of steadily
As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.Explorations in Australia
I must keep on steadily with Ted's Latin this fall and winter.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
As she turned at the close of the service he was looking at her steadily.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"But I do not love you," Sidney replied, mentally but steadily.
The breach between Palmer and Christine was steadily widening.
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)