go steady


adjective, steadier, steadiest.
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.)
noun, plural steadies.
Informal. a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
Informal. a steady visitor, customer, or the like; habitué.
verb (used with object), steadied, steadying.
to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.: His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.
verb (used without object), steadied, steadying.
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.

1520–30; 1905–10 for def 12; stead + -y1

steadily, adverb
steadiness, noun
oversteadily, adverb
oversteadiness, noun
oversteady, adjective

1. balanced. 3. undeviating, invariable. 7. See steadfast.
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steady (ˈstɛdɪ)
adj , steadier, steadiest
1.  not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
2.  free from fluctuation: the level stayed steady
3.  not easily excited; imperturbable
4.  staid; sober
5.  regular; habitual: a steady drinker
6.  continuous: a steady flow
7.  nautical (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
vb , steadier, steadiest, steadies, steadying, steadied
8.  to make or become steady
9.  in a steady manner
10.  informal go steady to date one person regularly
n , steadier, steadiest, steadies, steadying, steadied, steadies
11.  informal one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend
12.  nautical an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
13.  a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
14.  (Brit) a command to get set to start, as in a race: ready, steady, go!
[C16: from stead + -y1; related to Old High German stātīg, Middle Dutch stēdig]

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Word Origin & History

1530, replacing earlier steadfast, from stead + adj. suffix -y, perhaps on model of M.Du., M.L.G. stadig. O.E. had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. O.N. cognate stoðugr "steady, stable"
was closer in sense. Originally of things; of persons or minds from 1602. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1548. The verb also is first recorded 1530. Noun meaning "one's boyfriend or girlfriend" is from 1897; to go steady is 1905 in teenager slang. 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.
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Idioms & Phrases

go steady

Date one person exclusively, as in Parents often don't approve of their children's decision to go steady. This usage may be obsolescent. [Slang; c. 1900] Also see go together, def. 2; go with, def. 1.

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