shaky

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adjective \ˈshā-kē\

Definition of shaky

shakier

shakiest

  1. 1 :  characterized by shakes <shaky timber>

  2. 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>

  3. 3a :  somewhat unsound in healthb :  characterized by shaking

  4. 4 :  likely to give way or break down

shakily

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

shakiness

play \-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.

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First Known Use of shaky

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SHAKY Defined for English Language Learners

shaky

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adjective \ˈshā-kē\

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

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adjective \ˈshā-kē\

Definition of shaky for Students

shakier

shakiest

  1. 1 :  characterized by quivering :  not firm <a shaky hand> <a shaky voice>

  2. 2 :  likely to fail or be insufficient :  unsound <shaky arguments>

shakily

\-kə-lē\ adverb


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