unsteady

[ uhn-sted-ee ]
/ ʌnˈstɛd i /

adjective

not steady or firm; unstable; shaky: an unsteady hand.
fluctuating or wavering: an unsteady flame; unsteady prices.
irregular or uneven: an unsteady development.

verb (used with object), un·stead·ied, un·stead·y·ing.

to make unsteady.

Origin of unsteady

First recorded in 1525–35; un-1 + steady
SYNONYMS FOR unsteady
1 See unsettled.
2 vacillating, flickering.
Related formsun·stead·i·ly, adverbun·stead·i·ness, noun
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unsteady

/ (ʌnˈstɛdɪ) /

adjective

not securely fixedan unsteady foothold
(of behaviour, etc) lacking constancy; erratic
without regularityan unsteady rhythm
(of a manner of walking, etc) precarious, staggering, as from intoxication

verb -steadies, -steadying or -steadied

(tr) to make unsteady
Derived Formsunsteadily, adverbunsteadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsteadily

unsteady


adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + steady (adj.). Cf. Old Frisian unstadich, German unstätig, Middle Dutch onstadich.

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