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.
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
SHAKY Defined for Kids
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