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
There have been bullpen meltdowns, iffy starting pitching, offensive lulls, shaky defense — and that was before Brett Gardner was thrown out after rounding first for the final out on Saturday.
Just thinking about it right now makes me a little shaky.
Given the uncertainty and shaky U.K. politics, there is maybe a 15-20 percent probability of no deal.
The episode lurched between the show’s typical style and scenes enhanced by atonal, suspenseful sounds and a shaky-cam effect.
But the activists at the press conference said their countries still suffer from shaky economies and political instability that will collapse with a sudden influx of returning expatriates.
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.
Instead, the pattern of shaky democracies manifests mainly in lower-income developing states where political scientists would conventionally predict a high likelihood of democratic breakdown anyway.
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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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