shaky

adjective \ ˈshā-kē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of shaky

shakier; shakiest
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

shakily

play \ˈshā-kə-lē\ adverb

shakiness

play \ˈshā-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of shaky in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of shaky from the Web

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First Known Use of shaky

1703

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SHAKY Defined for English Language Learners

shaky

adjective

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


SHAKY Defined for Kids

shaky

adjective \ ˈshā-kē \

Definition of shaky for Students

shakier; shakiest
1 :characterized by quivering :not firm
  • a shaky hand
  • a shaky voice
2 :likely to fail or be insufficient :unsound
  • shaky arguments

shakily

\-kə-lē\ adverb


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