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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To unsteady
Collins
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

unsteady
1598, from un- (1) "not" + steady (adj.). Cf. O.Fris. unstadich, Ger. unstätig, M.Du. onstadich.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
She favors one leg, and as she has gotten older she has become a bit unsteady.
Even though he's dazed and unsteady, he's still feisty.
It doesn't mind being held at an angle by an unsteady hand.
Unshaven and unsteady, he hobbled toward the car with a sign under his arm.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature