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shaky

[shey-kee] /ˈʃeɪ ki/
adjective, shakier, shakiest.
1.
tending to shake or tremble.
2.
trembling; tremulous.
3.
liable to break down or give way; insecure; not to be depended upon:
a shaky bridge.
4.
wavering, as in allegiance:
His loyalty, always shaky, was now nonexistent.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; shake + -y1
Related forms
shakily, adverb
shakiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shaky

shaky

/ˈʃeɪkɪ/
adjective shakier, shakiest
1.
tending to shake or tremble
2.
liable to prove defective; unreliable
3.
uncertain or questionable: your arguments are very shaky
Derived Forms
shakily, adverb
shakiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shaky
adj.

1840, of handwriting; 1841 of persons, horses, and credit; 1850 of structures; from shake (v.) + -y (2). General sense of "uncertain, of questionable integrity" is from 1834. Earliest of trees or logs, "split, having fissures" (1808). Related: Shakily; shakiness.

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