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unsteady

[uhn-sted-ee] /ʌnˈstɛd i/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; un-1 + steady
Related forms
unsteadily, adverb
unsteadiness, noun
Synonyms
1. See unsettled. 2. vacillating, flickering.
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British Dictionary definitions for unsteadily

unsteady

/ʌnˈstɛdɪ/
adjective
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
verb -steadies, -steadying, -steadied
5.
(transitive) to make unsteady
Derived Forms
unsteadily, adverb
unsteadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsteadily

unsteady

adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + steady (adj.). Cf. Old Frisian unstadich, German unstätig, Middle Dutch onstadich.

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