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 steadinessconstancy, toughness, perseverance, cohesion, firmness, steadfastness, dependability, resoluteness, durability, sureness, fastness, strength, permanence, endurance, aplomb, sturdiness, soundness, establishment, assurance, backbone
Examples from the Web for steadiness
Contemporary Examples of steadiness
Simon is 51 years old, tall, and possessed of a big smile that conveys Midwestern values and steadiness.Could Michelle Obama Run for the U.S. Senate?
March 31, 2013
Looking back, who would have predicted, as the campaign began, that the deciding factors would be competence and steadiness?Sarah Palin, Beware: The Evangelical Intrusion Is Over
November 13, 2008
Historical Examples of steadiness
This may have increased the resistance, but it adds to the steadiness.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
My steadiness was owing, in a great measure, to the following circumstances.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
His steadiness did not carry him to the end of his sentence.The Gentleman From Indiana
What shall I say of the steadiness and exactitude of his hand?Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
The moment was critical, but the steadiness of Captain Truck did not desert him.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
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)