un steady

unsteady

[uhn-sted-ee]
adjective
1.
not steady or firm; unstable; shaky: an unsteady hand.
2.
fluctuating or wavering: an unsteady flame; unsteady prices.
3.
irregular or uneven: an unsteady development.
verb (used with object), unsteadied, unsteadying.
4.
to make unsteady.

Origin:
1525–35; un-1 + steady

unsteadily, adverb
unsteadiness, noun


1. See unsettled. 2. vacillating, flickering.
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unsteady (ʌnˈstɛdɪ)
 
adj
1.  not securely fixed: an unsteady foothold
2.  (of behaviour, etc) lacking constancy; erratic
3.  without regularity: an unsteady rhythm
4.  (of a manner of walking, etc) precarious, staggering, as from intoxication
 
vb , -steadies, -steadying, -steadied
5.  (tr) to make unsteady
 
un'steadily
 
adv
 
un'steadiness
 
n

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unsteady
1598, from un- (1) "not" + steady (adj.). Cf. O.Fris. unstadich, Ger. unstätig, M.Du. onstadich.
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