• IPA: /ʌnˈstɛdi/

unsteady (comparative unsteadier, superlative unsteadiest)

  1. Not held firmly in position, physically unstable.
    A slightly unsteady item of furniture.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IV, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins," remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: […]"
  2. Lacking regularity or uniformity.
  3. Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behavior.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • Portuguese: instável
  • Russian: неусто́йчивый
Translations Translations Verb

unsteady (unsteadies, present participle unsteadying; past and past participle unsteadied)

  1. To render unsteady, removing balance.

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