- firmly placed or fixed; stable in position or equilibrium: a steady ladder.
- even or regular in movement: the steady swing of the pendulum.
- free from change, variation, or interruption; uniform; continuous: a steady diet of meat and potatoes; a steady wind.
- constant, regular, or habitual: a steady job.
- free from excitement or agitation; calm: steady nerves.
- firm; unfaltering: a steady gaze; a steady hand.
- steadfast or unwavering; resolute: a steady purpose.
- settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
- (used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
- Nautical. (a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
- Informal. a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Informal. a steady visitor, customer, or the like; habitué.
- to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.: His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.
- to become steady.
- in a firm or steady manner: Hold the ladder steady.
- Informal. steadily, regularly, or continuously: Is she working steady now?
- go steady, Informal. to date one person exclusively: Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.
Origin of steady
SynonymsSee more synonyms for steady on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
- free from fluctuationthe level stayed steady
- not easily excited; imperturbable
- staid; sober
- regular; habituala steady drinker
- continuousa steady flow
- nautical (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
- to make or become steady
- in a steady manner
- go steady informal to date one person regularly
- informal one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend
- nautical an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
- a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
- British a command to get set to start, as in a raceready, steady, go!
Word Origin and History for steadiness
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.
Idioms and Phrases with steadiness
In addition to the idiom beginning with steady
- steady as a rock
- go steady
- slow but sure (steady wins the race)