unsteady

unsteady
[[t]ʌnste̱di[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED If you are unsteady, you have difficulty doing something, for example walking, because you cannot completely control your legs or your body.

The boy was very unsteady and had staggered around when he got up...

He poured coffee into the mugs, and with an unsteady hand, held one of them out to David.

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unsteadily [[t]ʌnste̱dɪli[/t]] ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She pulled herself unsteadily from the bed to the dresser.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as unsteady, you mean that it is not regular or stable, but unreliable or unpredictable.

His voice was unsteady and only just audible...

She knew first-hand the impact an unsteady parent could have on a sensitive young girl.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Unsteady objects are not held, fixed, or balanced securely.

...a slightly unsteady item of furniture.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • unsteady — [unsted′ē] adj. not steady; specif., a) not firm or stable; shaky b) changeable; inconstant; wavering c) erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior vt. unsteadied, unsteadying to make unsteady unsteadily adv. unsteadiness n …   English World dictionary

  • unsteady — index broken (interrupted), dangerous, disorderly, inconsistent, infrequent, insecure, irresolute …   Law dictionary

  • unsteady — 1590s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + STEADY (Cf. steady) (adj.). Cf. O.Fris. unstadich, Ger. unstätig, M.Du. onstadich …   Etymology dictionary

  • unsteady — ► ADJECTIVE (unsteadier, unsteadiest) 1) liable to fall or shake; not firm. 2) not uniform or regular. DERIVATIVES unsteadily adverb unsteadiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unsteady — un|stead|y [ʌnˈstedi] adj 1.) shaking or moving in a way you cannot control ▪ He poured the coffee with a very unsteady hand. ▪ a baby s first unsteady steps ▪ She was quite unsteady on her feet (=she might fall over) . 2.) showing that you are… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unsteady — unsteadily, adv. unsteadiness, n. /un sted ee/, adj., v., unsteadied, unsteadying. adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • unsteady — un|stead|y [ ʌn stedi ] adjective 1. ) not regular, calm, or normal: an unsteady voice unsteady breathing 2. ) too weak or sick to walk well: She s still unsteady on her feet. 3. ) not reliable …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unsteady — UK [ʌnˈstedɪ] / US adjective 1) not regular, calm, or normal an unsteady voice unsteady breathing 2) too weak or ill to walk well She s still a bit unsteady on her feet. 3) not reliable …   English dictionary

  • unsteady — I. transitive verb Date: 1532 to make unsteady II. adjective Date: 1551 not steady: as a. not firm or solid ; not fixed in position ; unstable b. marked by change or fluctuation ; changeable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unsteady — un•stead•y [[t]ʌnˈstɛd i[/t]] adj. v. stead•ied, stead•y•ing 1) not steady or firm; unstable; shaky 2) fluctuating or wavering: an unsteady flame[/ex] 3) irregular or uneven 4) to make unsteady • Etymology: 1525–35 un•stead′i•ly, adv.… …   From formal English to slang

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