- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)adj. fluctuating, waving, shifting, vacillating, irresolute, shaky, tottery, wobbly, infirm. See inequality, changeableness, agitation.II(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Wobbly]Syn. unstable, wiggly, wavering, shaky, treacherous, unbalanced, top-heavy, leaning, ramshackle, giddy, weaving, heaving, precarious, shifting, teetering, uncertain; see also irregular 1 , unstable 1 .2. [Inconstant]Syn. changeable, fluctuating, vacilLating, erratic, variable, uncertain, unfixed, capricious, volatile, unreliable, tricky, shifty, shaky, jerky, fluttering; see also changeable 1 , 2 .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.see unstableIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Not physically steady or firm: precarious, rickety, shaky, tottering, tottery, unstable, wobbly. See FLEXIBLE. 2. Lacking stability: infirm, insecure, precarious, shaky, tottering, tottery, unstable, unsure, weak, wobbly. See CHANGE, STRONG. 3. Capable of or liable to change: alterable, changeable, fluid, inconstant, mutable, uncertain, unsettled, unstable, variable, variant. Archaic: various. See CHANGE. 4. Following no predictable pattern: capricious, changeable, erratic, fantastic, fantastical, fickle, freakish, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental, ticklish, uncertain, unpredictable, unstable, variable, volatile, whimsical. See CHANGE, CONTINUE. 5. Lacking consistency or regularity in quality or performance: erratic, inconsistent, patchy, spotty, uneven, variable. See CONTINUE, SAME.
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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 — [[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… … English dictionary
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