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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 of unsteady
1525-1535
1525-35; un-1 + steady
Related forms
unsteadily, adverb
unsteadiness, noun
Synonyms
1. See unsettled. 2. vacillating, flickering.
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  • Many of Leonardo's later admirers have attempted to wipe off the stain of unsteadiness from his character.

    Leonardo da Vinci Sigmund Freud
  • And he laughed aloud, a laugh of utter confidence in spite of all its unsteadiness.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • The unsteadiness of her tone was hardly appreciable, but it was not lost on Broomhurst's quick ears.

  • There was no trace of unsteadiness in her voice and her eyes were dry.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • She even thought she detected an unsteadiness in the hand that held his pipe.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • Every part of Him is in harmony with the whole: in Him there is no unsteadiness, no insecurity.

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  • But Moss walked quietly out and recrossed the street, with no hint of unsteadiness in his gait, in spite of his unusual potations.

  • The Hero of Barrosa rowed us all most terribly for unsteadiness.

    The Life of a Regimental Officer A. F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • He watched it for the first sign of unsteadiness, for the first evidence of weakness or abstraction.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • An unsteadiness of gait was obvious in some of the feasters.

    Our Hundred Days in Europe Oliver Wendell Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for unsteadiness

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 unsteadiness

unsteady

adj.

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

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