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 steadyconstant, solid, reliable, safe, substantial, durable, regular, consistent, continuous, persistent, incessant, stable, uninterrupted, unbroken, resolute, fast, dependable, calm, intense, even
Examples from the Web for steady
Contemporary Examples of steady
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Superintendent Smith, in fact, had fielded a steady stream of complaints about him that never resulted in any direct action.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Outside, a lone traffic policeman directs a steady stream of motorbikes.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Activating iPhones promised a lucrative, steady revenue stream for Synchronoss.NSA Chief Bet Money on AT&T as It Spied on You
November 4, 2014
For Reid, wealth accumulation has come from a steady diet of land deals and playing the market.A Conservative Explains Why The GOP Could Lose
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of steady
His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.
She stopped the running and meditated with a steady, hard deliberation.
Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.
In the next room the voices of the four were a steady, rumbling murmur.
That sort o' trade, ye see, miss, the demand's not steady in it.Weighed and Wanting
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)