- The definition of steady is firm, constant and free from change.
An example of something steady is a relationship that has lasted for well over 30 years.
- Steady is defined as to stay calm and keep the ship heading in the same direction.
An example of steady used as an interjection is in the sentence "Steady she goes!" which means to keep the ship heading in the same direction.
- Steady means to make firm or unchanging.
An example of to steady is to put a support under a wobbly table.
- that does not shake, tremble, totter, etc.; firm; fixed; stable
- constant, regular, uniform, or continuous; not changing, wavering, or faltering: a steady gaze, a steady diet, a steady rhythm
- not given to sudden changes in behavior, loyalty, disposition, etc.
- habitual or regular; by habit: a steady customer
- not easily agitated, excited, or upset; calm and controlled: steady nerves
- grave; sober; staid; reliable; not frivolous or dissipated
- staying headed in the same direction: said of a ship
Origin of steadystead + -y
- stay calm; control yourself
- proceed carefully: used as an order or warning
- Naut. keep the ship or boat on its present course: used as an order to the helmsman
intransitive verbstead′ied, stead′y·ing
- to date someone regularly and exclusively
- to date each other regularly and exclusively
- Firm in position or place; fixed.
- Direct and unfaltering; sure.
- Free or almost free from change, variation, or fluctuation; uniform: a steady increase in value; a steady breeze.
- Not easily excited or upset: steady nerves.
- Unwavering, as in purpose; steadfast.
- Reliable; dependable.
- Temperate; sober.
tr. & intr.v.stead·ied, stead·y·ing, stead·ies
(comparative steadier, superlative steadiest)
- Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.
- Hold the ladder steady while I go up.
- Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute.
- a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object
- Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions.
- a steady ride
- Regular and even.
- the steady course of the Sun; a steady breeze of wind
(third-person singular simple present steadies, present participle steadying, simple past and past participle steadied)
- To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.
From Middle English stede, stedi, from Old English staeththig, from staeth (“stead, bank"). Confer Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, German stÃ¤tig, stetig.