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shaky

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adjective \ˈshā-kē\

Simple Definition of shaky

  • : not strong or steady in movement, sound, etc. : tending to shake because of weakness, strong emotion, etc.

  • : weak and likely to break down, collapse, or fail

  • : not impressive or effective

Full Definition of shaky

shak·i·ershak·i·est

  1. 1 :  characterized by shakes <shaky timber>

  2. 2a :  lacking stability :  precarious <a shaky economy> <performed well after a shaky start>b :  lacking in firmness (as of beliefs or principles)c :  lacking in authority or reliability :  questionable <shaky experimental procedures> <shaky data>

  3. 3a :  somewhat unsound in healthb :  characterized by shaking

  4. 4 :  likely to give way or break down

shak·i·ly play \-kə-lē\ adverb
shak·i·ness play \-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shaky

  1. She took a few shaky steps before she collapsed.

  2. Her commitment to the cause seems shaky.

  3. Their marriage is on shaky ground.

  4. The team has performed better lately after getting off to a shaky start.



1703

First Known Use of shaky

1703

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SHAKY Defined for Kids

shaky

play
adjective \ˈshā-kē\

Definition of shaky

shak·i·ershak·i·est

  1. 1 :  characterized by quivering :  not firm <a shaky hand> <a shaky voice>

  2. 2 :  likely to fail or be insufficient :  unsound <shaky arguments>

shak·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb




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