\ ˈshā-kē How to pronounce shaky (audio) \
shakier; shakiest

Definition of shaky

1 : characterized by shakes shaky timber
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
3a : somewhat unsound in health
b : characterized by shaking
4 : likely to give way or break down

Other Words from shaky

shakily \ ˈshā-​kə-​lē How to pronounce shaky (audio) \ adverb
shakiness \ ˈshā-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce shaky (audio) \ 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 on the Web Immediately, however, that ideal started off on shaky ground. Kaitlin Durbin, cleveland, 2 May 2022 After the Lakers fired Luke Walton, days after Johnson resigned in a shocking, impromptu news conference outside the locker room on the season’s final day, the Lakers were on shaky ground. Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Democratic Senate candidates also look shaky in Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire in particular — all seats that must be retained if the party is to hold onto its narrow majority. David Faris, The Week, 29 Mar. 2022 Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, highly indebted emerging and developing economies were on shaky ground, said Marcello Estevao, the World Bank’s global director for macroeconomics, trade and investment, in a blog post on Monday. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Biden does so on shaky ground with the American public. Hannah Fingerhut,, 24 Mar. 2022 Biden does so on shaky ground with the American public. Hannah Fingerhut, ajc, 24 Mar. 2022 Born in Baltimore and raised by a single mother, McKenstry-Hall plays center on the school’s football team, which has been a perennial powerhouse but starts the film on shaky ground. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 But there's enough uncertainty, courtesy of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a jittery economy among other factors, to ensure that any course-correction by Democrats is built on shaky ground at this point. Rick Klein, ABC News, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shaky

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shaky


\ ˈshā-kē How to pronounce shaky (audio) \
shakier; shakiest

Kids Definition of shaky

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

Other Words from shaky

shakily \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb

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