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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Example sentences
She rose unsteadily from her hospital bed to greet me, a shy smile on her face.
At the fulfillment center recently, one employee skated unsteadily down an
  aisle as the conveyor belt sat quietly.
Tallow candles burned quickly and unsteadily, and they scattered grease.
He shuffled unsteadily on his feet and appeared exhausted, even dazed, as he
  tried to banter with his old friend.
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