\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : direct or sure in movement : unfaltering a steady hand
b : firm in position : fixed held the pole steady
c : keeping nearly upright in a seaway a steady ship
2 : showing little variation or fluctuation : stable, uniform a steady breeze steady prices
3a : not easily disturbed or upset steady nerves
b(1) : constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment steady friends
(2) : dependable
c : not given to dissipation : sober


steadied; steadying

Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make or keep steady

intransitive verb

: to become steady



Definition of steady (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : in a steady manner : steadily
2 : on the course set used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship


plural steadies

Definition of steady (Entry 4 of 4)

: one that is steady specifically : a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady

Other Words from steady


steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē How to pronounce steady (audio) \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce steady (audio) \ noun


steadier noun

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steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement. steady progress even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character. an even distribution equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes. maintain an equable temper

Examples of steady in a Sentence

Adjective She used a tripod to keep the camera steady. Painting takes a steady hand and a good eye. Prices have remained steady over the last month. He finally has a steady job. They do a steady business at the restaurant. There has been a steady increase in prices. I am making steady progress on refinishing the basement. There was a steady rain all day. We've received a steady stream of donations. Verb He steadied the gun and fired. She used a tripod to steady the camera. The doctor gave her medication to help steady her heart rate. Her heart rate had been erratic but eventually steadied. Prices have steadied in recent months. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In our tests, fridge and freezer temps held steady and door shelves were cool enough to safely store dairy (which is a no-go on most fridges). Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent report, the U.S. added 428,000 jobs in April, with unemployment holding steady at 3.6%. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 10 May 2022 Applying a high-nitrogen fertilizer can help promote steady growth and keep your grass a healthy green hue instead of withering in the heat. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Job growth in the U.S. held steady in April despite concerns about inflation and the impact of the Ukraine of war on the global economy. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 6 May 2022 Still, broader inflation has accelerated from a 7% annual gain in December while wage growth held mostly steady. David Harrison, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Most companies found that productivity held steady or increased slightly when working remotely. Alexander Kvamme, Forbes, 5 May 2022 And while the costs associated with developing its immersive products ballooned to $3.7 billion, the steady growth on the revenue side (somewhat obscured by the annual holiday season sales spikes) is pushing Meta to stick to its commitment to VR. Adario Strange, Quartz, 3 May 2022 After-tax profits in 2019 were RMB80.4 million ($12.5 million), but fell to RMB62.5 million ($9.70 million) in 2020 and held steady at RMB60.9 million in 2021. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But despite the errors, and there were still plenty, the Lakers locked in enough on defense to steady themselves and finish the Trail Blazers off, ending their three-game losing streak. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 The Grey Ghosts’ seniors leaders helped steady the ship, leading the team to pull away in a decisive fourth set. Brendan Kurie,, 9 Apr. 2022 The seas were growing rough, and one passenger told Reuters that Hurtado had dropped anchor in an apparent attempt to steady the overloaded boat. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2022 But veteran Rajon Rondo came off the bench and helped steady the team, showing exactly why he was brought over from Los Angeles -- and why the Cavs didn’t feel the need to make another trade for an extra ball-handler before Thursday’s deadline. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2022 But seeing the bigger picture can help steady your heart rate during the ups and downs. Essence Editors, Essence, 26 Jan. 2022 But seeing the bigger picture can help steady your heart rate during the ups and downs. Essence Editors, Essence, 26 Jan. 2022 The junior left wing, who has scored more than 100 career points, is someone who can steady the Spartans through the ups and downs of the season. Kat Cornetta,, 15 Feb. 2022 But seeing the bigger picture can help steady your heart rate during the ups and downs. Essence Editors, Essence, 26 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The system worked great in busy traffic, staying steady around corners at 75 mph and smoothly changing lanes on its own. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 10 May 2022 Jensen’s Schoenstein thinks that’s unlikely for steady-growing Microsoft. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Like a steady-flowing river, WANs deliver continuous service, even during peak hours. David Joosten, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Zucchini also contains magnesium, another important mineral that helps keep heart rhythm steady. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2021 Will colleges struggling to hold their enrollments steady become even less selective? Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 Then in his early 20s, Beasley had already landed a touring gig as part of Sergio Méndes’ band but was trying to work his way into steady-paying studio sessions. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2021 Staying steady through waves of uncertainty is kind of her superpower. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, 27 May 2020 However, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index held steady, gaining 1.9% by midday Monday. Elaine Kurtenbach, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the Scenic Eclipse's cutting-edge oversize stabilizers held her steady. Christopher P. Baker, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 Lue has had the steady of hand of starting point guard Reggie Jackson to help steer the Clippers along with center Ivica Zubac. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Keeping the price steady could help in an economy that's still dealing with the ongoing pandemic, but Xbox's strategy is less focused on selling new hardware than Sony's (SNE). Shannon Liao, CNN, 9 Sep. 2020 Officials voted to hold their benchmark rate steady in a range between 1.5% and 1.75% at the meeting after cutting it by a quarter percentage point at each of its previous three meetings. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2020 As slack vanishes, job growth slows, the employment rate reaches full-employment levels, and wage growth steadies at rates consistent with productivity growth. Edward P. Lazear, WSJ, 18 June 2019 Production eventually steadies, but at much lower levels. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, 10 Nov. 2019 Opening the annual session of China’s legislature on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to fend off risks in the economy and keep the nation’s jobless rate steady. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2019 The break-even rate refers to the amount of monthly payroll gains needed to keep the jobless rate steady. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of steady


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steady


Middle English stedy, from stede

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More Definitions for steady


\ ˈste-dē How to pronounce steady (audio) \
steadier; steadiest

Kids Definition of steady

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : firmly fixed in position Make sure the ladder is steady.
2 : direct or sure in action She worked with steady hands. I took steady aim.
3 : lasting or continuing over time a steady flow of water I found a steady job.
4 : not easily upset steady nerves
5 : reliable a steady worker

Other Words from steady

steadily \ ˈste-​də-​lē \ adverb
steadiness \ ˈste-​dē-​nəs \ noun


steadied; steadying

Kids Definition of steady (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make, keep, or become steady He put on some music to steady his nerves. I put the stepladder next to the cart and steadied it with one hand …— Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control

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