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.
- steady as a rock,
- steady state,
- steady state theory,
- steady state universe,
Origin of steady
Examples from the Web for steady
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
Superintendent Smith, in fact, had fielded a steady stream of complaints about him that never resulted in any direct action.
Outside, a lone traffic policeman directs a steady stream of motorbikes.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Activating iPhones promised a lucrative, steady revenue stream for Synchronoss.
For Reid, wealth accumulation has come from a steady diet of land deals and playing the market.
The man said nothing, and she looked up to encounter a steady gaze from eyes somewhat puzzled.The Lighted Match|Charles Neville Buck
Fig. 1776 represents a drill for stone work, whose edge is made curved to steady it.Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II|Joshua Rose
The tan thinned on Carmichael's face, but his hand was steady.The Goose Girl|Harold MacGrath
Some send it forth in a solid, steady, majestic column; others in an irregular, churn-like fashion.Then and Now|Robert Vaughn
Several of the men, whom I know personally — steady fellows and good time-keepers — had been getting 18s.Life in a Railway Factory|Alfred Williams
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)