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shaky

adjective \ˈshā-kē\

: 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

shak·i·ershak·i·est

Full Definition of SHAKY

1
:  characterized by shakes <shaky timber>
2
a :  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
a :  somewhat unsound in health
b :  characterized by shaking
4
:  likely to give way or break down
shak·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb
shak·i·ness \-kē-nəs\ noun
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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.

First Known Use of SHAKY

1703

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SHAKY Defined for Kids

shaky

adjective \ˈshā-kē\
shak·i·ershak·i·est

Definition of SHAKY for Kids

1
:  characterized by quivering :  not firm <a shaky hand> <a shaky voice>
2
:  likely to fail or be insufficient :  unsound <shaky arguments>
shak·i·ly \-kə-lē\ adverb

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