Definition of shaky
1 : characterized by shakes shaky timber
2a : lacking stability : precarious a shaky economy performed well after a shaky startb : lacking in firmness (as of beliefs or principles)c : lacking in authority or reliability : questionable shaky experimental procedures shaky data
3a : somewhat unsound in healthb : characterized by shaking
4 : likely to give way or break down
shakilyplay \-kə-lē\ adverb
shakinessplay \-kē-nəs\ noun
Examples of shaky in a Sentence
She took a few shaky steps before she collapsed.
Her commitment to the cause seems shaky.
Their marriage is on shaky ground.
The team has performed better lately after getting off to a shaky start.
Recent Examples of shaky from the Web
Miami starter Vance Worley was shaky, starting with the game’s first hitter, Daniel Descalso, who ruined any hopes of a second consecutive no-hitter by knocking a leadoff double.
A hit batter, a controversial call, three Baylor hits and some shaky Ducks defense led to Baylor cutting Oregon's lead to 5-4 in a flash.
Southlake Carroll took advantage of a shaky start from Arlington Martin to claim a 5-0 victory in Game 1 of their Class 6A Region I Final series Thursday evening at Dallas Baptist University.
He was hired on March 6 to help right a press operation that got off to a shaky start.
Paul Sewald followed Gsellman and pitched a clean eighth inning, and Reed earned a shaky save despite giving up hits to the first two Brewers in the top of the ninth.
But the seemingly stable life that Vasquez and several hundred thousand others have built under that legal residency program now appears to be on shaky ground.
But so does the shaky play of the woman at the top.
If starting pitching has been the biggest source of inconsistency and disappointment through the first quarter, shaky defense rates a close second.
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First Known Use of shaky
SHAKY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shaky for English Language Learners
: 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
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