unsteady

verb
un·steady | \ ˌən-ˈste-dē \
unsteadied; unsteadying; unsteadies

Definition of unsteady 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make unsteady

unsteady

adjective

Definition of unsteady (Entry 2 of 2)

: not steady: such as

a : not firm or solid : not fixed in position : unstable

b : marked by change or fluctuation : changeable

c : not uniform or even : irregular an unsteady pulse

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Other words from unsteady

Adjective

unsteadily \ˌən-ˈste-də-lē \ adverb
unsteadiness \ˌən-ˈste-dē-nəs \ noun

Examples of unsteady in a Sentence

Adjective

He was a little unsteady on his feet. The horse walked with an unsteady gait. He signed his name with an unsteady hand. The progress of the work has been unsteady. a period of unsteady growth
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The administration's haphazard appointment process is unlike any in recent memory and has left the federal government unsteadied at the highest levels. Robert O'harrow Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Promoted six times and then fired: A 24-year-old political appointee's wild ride in Trump's Washington," 15 June 2018 Still, yesterday’s reports contributed to the latest in a mounting series of scandals that have unsteadied the Trump administration for months. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Trump Confirms He Is Being Investigated for Obstruction," 15 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The most provocative, if unsteady, episode involves Cory, the policeman with the MAGA hat. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Queer Eye’ Aims to Make America Gay(-Friendly) Again," 7 Feb. 2018 Privacy - Terms But Friday, in what was his second start since returning from the DL, Chen was once again unsteady, serving up a pair of home runs in the first and walking four batters overall in the loss. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "A bad first inning hurts Chen as Miami Marlins are unable to rally past Reds," 4 May 2018 In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 15-kilometer (9-mile) no-man’s-land to Assamaka, less a town than a collection of unsteady buildings sinking into drifts of sand. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 Beaufort appears unsteady on his feet and has great difficulty walking. David Owens, courant.com, "Judge Withdraws Plea Deal After Victim Speaks In Court," 26 Apr. 2018 Pakistan is also a key supply route–and unsteady ally–in the U.S.’s 16-year war in Afghanistan. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 15-kilometer (9-mile) no-man’s-land to Assamaka, less a town than a collection of unsteady buildings sinking into drifts of sand. Richard Prince, The Root, "Obama Was More Aware of Racism Than We Saw," 27 June 2018 In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 9-mile no-man's-land to Assamaka, less a town than a collection of unsteady buildings sinking into drifts of sand. Fox News, "Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 Even in such a unsteady industry, the album has remained a constant, and malleable, asset. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Everything Is Love Marks a New Step in the Album's Evolution," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsteady

Verb

1532, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1551, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near unsteady

unstayed

unstdy

unsteadfast

unsteady

unsteel

unstemmed

unstep

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The first known use of unsteady was in 1532

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More Definitions for unsteady

unsteady

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsteady

: not standing or moving in a steady and balanced way

: shaking or moving because of nervousness, weakness, etc.

: not happening or proceeding in a smooth and constant way

unsteady

adjective
un·steady | \ ˌən-ˈste-dē \
unsteadier; unsteadiest

Kids Definition of unsteady

: not steady : unstable Her legs are so unsteady she needs help walking.

Other words from unsteady

unsteadily \-ˈste-də-lē \ adverb

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