shaky

adjective
\ 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

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Other Words from shaky

shakily \ ˈshā-​kə-​lē How to pronounce shakily (audio) \ adverb
shakiness \ ˈshā-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce shakiness (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.
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Unfortunately, that video was extremely shaky in most of my tests. Vjeran Pavic, The Verge, "DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom take drone photography to new heights," 6 Sep. 2018 Even then, many administrations are shaky, minority governments that rely on fragile parliamentary coalitions. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "The Latest Chapter in Europe’s Electoral Challenges: Spain," 15 Feb. 2019 Needless to say, this immune response can leave you feeling drained, shaky, confused, and weak, reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amy Capetta, Redbook, "6 Signs of UTI That You'll Hopefully Never Experience," 6 Aug. 2018 Since three shaky outings to open the season, Chacín has been a rock in the Brewers’ rotation. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: The bullpen gets the love, but look who else has stood out for the Crew," 13 June 2018 Texas City’s shaky pitching saw its staff hit four batters and walk five. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial ties Texas City in nightcap of twinbill," 6 June 2018 The Trump takeover of the GOP, which once seemed shaky, now seems complete, writes Mark Z. Barabak in this analysis. latimes.com, "Today: Inside the Shelters for Young Migrants," 14 June 2018 Screams and a flurry of shots — pop after pop after pop — can be heard in the shaky video. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "'Stalked and murdered': Cops fired 30 shots at unarmed black man outside Walmart, attorney says | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Apr. 2018 The combined record, if your mental math is shaky, is 9-27-1. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of shaky

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shaky

adjective

English Language Learners 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

shaky

adjective
\ 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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