not steady or firm; unstable; shaky: an unsteady hand.
fluctuating or wavering: an unsteady flame; unsteady prices.
irregular or uneven: an unsteady development.
to make unsteady.
- un·stead·i·ly, adverb
- un·stead·i·ness, noun
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How to use unsteady in a sentence
Some months later they saw a hotel manager openly complain to a vendor about the unsteady supply of produce the hotel was getting.Backed by YC, Vendease is building Amazon Prime for restaurants in Africa | Tage Kene-Okafor | March 19, 2021 | TechCrunch
Each chair is made with a sturdy steel frame that doesn’t wobble or feel unsteady, and the canvas seat offers plenty of wiggle room.Backyard party essentials: Outdoor Super Bowl party ideas for 2021 | PopSci Commerce Team | January 30, 2021 | Popular-Science
Enter Adam Young, a geomorphologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who has just compiled perhaps the most detailed dataset on an unsteady cliff faces to date, as our MacKenzie Elmer covers in a new story.Morning Report: Looking Back on the Tech Boondoggles of 2020 | Voice of San Diego | December 29, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
At the extremes, that ability can push people toward crafting more and more elaborate alternate realities, rickety structures that expand into elegant patterns but that stand on unsteady bases of support.Trumpworld’s latest effort to undermine the Russia probe may be even less substantive than prior attempts | Philip Bump | October 7, 2020 | Washington Post
Many of their students are disproportionately burdened by loan debt, and come from families with unsteady financial fortunes.A Pandemic Problem, Or Just an Excuse to Deny HBCUs More Funding? | Truthbetold | July 7, 2020 | TruthBeTold.news
He discovered his friend—the worse for wear and unsteady on her feet—in the second-floor living room.
You stand on an unsteady pontoon bridge spanning the Tigris River in a township called Adh Dhouloueya.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was a newspaperman, just returned from the Middle East—a bit unsteady, still, in America.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis | Richard Ben Cramer | January 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Besides worrying about how the models would walk on the unsteady ground, audience members knew something magical would happen.
Filigrees of rhetorical precision atop unsteady pillars of conceptual bluff.Barbara Fredrickson’s Bestselling ‘Positivity’ Is Trashed by a New Study | Will Wilkinson | August 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Princess still kept her eyes fixed on Louis, while, in a suppressed and unsteady voice, she answered her governess.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
He obeyed without remark, though with an unsteady voice, as he uttered communications he knew were so hostile to her expectation.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Could he be conscious of all this, and not excuse the unsteady youth—accuse himself?
Have you noticed that to write with a steel pen is like walking on unsteady stones with sabots?Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
With weak unsteady steps he paced his room, and looked at the old Swiss chamois-gun above the door.Julian Home | Dean Frederic W. Farrar
British Dictionary definitions for unsteady
not securely fixed: an unsteady foothold
(of behaviour, etc) lacking constancy; erratic
without regularity: an unsteady rhythm
(of a manner of walking, etc) precarious, staggering, as from intoxication
(tr) to make unsteady
- unsteadily, adverb
- unsteadiness, noun
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