- not firm or stable; shaky
- changeable; inconstant; wavering
- erratic in habits, purpose, or behavior
transitive verb-·stead′ied, -·stead′y·ing
- Not firm, solid, or securely in place; unstable.
- Fluctuating; changeable: an unsteady market.
- Not even or regular; wavering: an unsteady voice.
transitive verbun·stead·ied, un·stead·y·ing, un·stead·ies
(comparative unsteadier, superlative unsteadiest)
- Not held firmly in position, physically unstable.
- Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
- Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.
(third-person singular simple present unsteadies, present participle unsteadying, simple past and past participle unsteadied)
- To render unsteady, removing balance.
Created by adding the prefix un- to steady. Like steady, the word first appeared in English around 1530. The word is comparable to the Old Frisian onstedich, the Low German unstadig etc.