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steady

[sted-ee] /ˈstɛd i/
adjective, steadier, steadiest.
1.
firmly placed or fixed; stable in position or equilibrium:
a steady ladder.
2.
even or regular in movement:
the steady swing of the pendulum.
3.
free from change, variation, or interruption; uniform; continuous:
a steady diet of meat and potatoes; a steady wind.
4.
constant, regular, or habitual:
a steady job.
5.
free from excitement or agitation; calm:
steady nerves.
6.
firm; unfaltering:
a steady gaze; a steady hand.
7.
steadfast or unwavering; resolute:
a steady purpose.
8.
settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
9.
Nautical. (of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
interjection
10.
(used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
11.
Nautical. (a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
noun, plural steadies.
12.
Informal. a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart; boyfriend or girlfriend.
13.
Informal. a steady visitor, customer, or the like; habitué.
verb (used with object), steadied, steadying.
14.
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.
15.
to become steady.
adverb
16.
in a firm or steady manner:
Hold the ladder steady.
17.
Informal. steadily, regularly, or continuously:
Is she working steady now?
Idioms
18.
go steady, Informal. to date one person exclusively:
Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; 1905-10 for def 12; stead + -y1
Related forms
steadily, adverb
steadiness, noun
oversteadily, adverb
oversteadiness, noun
oversteady, adjective
Synonyms
1. balanced. 3. undeviating, invariable. 7. See steadfast.
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British Dictionary definitions for steady

steady

/ˈstɛdɪ/
adjective 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
verb steadies, steadying, steadied
8.
to make or become steady
adverb
9.
in a steady manner
10.
(informal) go steady, to date one person regularly
noun (pl) steadies
11.
(informal) one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend
interjection
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!
Derived Forms
steadier, noun
steadily, adverb
steadiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from stead + -y1; related to Old High German stātīg, Middle Dutch stēdig
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Word Origin and History for steady
adj.

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.

v.

1520s, from steady (adj.). Related: Steadied; steadying.

n.

"one's boyfriend or girlfriend," 1897 from steady (adj.); to go steady is 1905 in teenager slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for steady

steady

noun

One's constant and only boyfriend or girlfriend (1897+)

Related Terms

go steady


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Idioms and Phrases with steady

steady

In addition to the idiom beginning with
steady
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