Definition of shaky in English:

shaky

adjective

  • 1Shaking or trembling.

    ‘she managed a shaky laugh’
    • ‘He looked up surprised, shook his head and gave out a shaky laugh.’
    • ‘When they parted, the two gave a small, shaky, yet happy laugh.’
    • ‘Gavin's voice sounds miraculous, the low baritone of it trembling in my already shaky spine, and I needed him here.’
    • ‘She touched her lips with shaky fingers, lips quivering as the tears ran past them.’
    • ‘She managed a shaky smile, and held out a trembling hand - the one that she wasn't gripping Greg's with - for me to shake.’
    • ‘I shook my head, pointing a shaky finger towards the box.’
    • ‘It's two in the afternoon, now, and I still feel shaky and weak.’
    • ‘A shaky laugh bubbles past his lips, and dizzy words start tumbling out of him.’
    • ‘My legs felt weak, my body shaky, and I wasn't sure whether I was hot or cold.’
    • ‘He still felt weak and shaky, as if he had recovered from the flu.’
    • ‘He leaned against the table and tried to find a chair to sit on, but his legs were too shaky and weak to even bend.’
    • ‘Instead, from what I could make out over the music, her voice sounded shaky and weak.’
    • ‘He gripped the steering wheel, letting out a shaky little laugh before speaking.’
    • ‘He was trembling and his breathing was shallow and shaky.’
    • ‘I was still feeling weak and shaky, but I wasn't worried about it.’
    • ‘The nurse came in and introduced herself, and with a shaky hand I shook hers.’
    • ‘I took a shaky breath and with a trembling hand, I took out the paper once more, my eyes skimming over the quickly written words.’
    • ‘The old man laughed as well, a strange, shaky laugh that went along with his accent.’
    • ‘I let out a shaky laugh and pulled away so that I could look up at him.’
    • ‘Hannah's voice trembled as she said this and she took shaky steps toward her sister's bedroom door.’
    trembling, shaking, tremulous, quivering, quivery, unsteady, wobbly, weak
    faint, dizzy, light-headed, giddy
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    1. 1.1Unstable because of poor construction or heavy use.
      ‘a cracked, dangerously shaky table’
      • ‘I'm writing this by the moonlight of an open window at a shaky table with a broken leg.’
      • ‘He was simply relating an event as if explaining he had spilled his coffee because the table was shaky.’
      • ‘Although it looked a little unstable and shaky, it would last the night.’
    2. 1.2Not safe or reliable; liable to fail or falter.
      ‘thoroughly shaky evidence’
      ‘after a shaky start the Scottish team made superb efforts’
      • ‘Although it's fairly obvious that he's innocent and that the evidence against him's shaky at best, the victim IDs him and he's sent to a holding cell to await trial.’
      • ‘These unreliable claims are based on incomplete, shaky evidence.’
      • ‘Two painkillers and some cold water later, she made her shaky way down the precarious steps into the living room.’
      • ‘Unless a judge agrees that they fulfill a special need, the screenings will be on shaky legal ground.’
      • ‘They then found more evidence of shaky business practices, and decided to file an official complaint against the company.’
      • ‘The evening got off to a shaky start as our table wasn't ready, and the restaurant was unfazed by this.’
      • ‘Secondly, I think that it's on very, very shaky ground without constitutional authorization.’
      • ‘After this the Blues were shaky, losing too many penalty corners and unable to connect passes.’
      • ‘But start talking about who did it, and you might be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘The intellectual biography of the curator has to be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘In fact, the board's support for a spring academic freedom conference has been shaky, making the organising quite precarious.’
      • ‘In Orchestra Rehearsal, the quaking building manifests the orchestra's shaky social ground.’
      • ‘Although we now have eight parties with representation, some of the smaller ones might be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘The many cases in which shaky evidence was sold to the public have not just been ruses concocted by spin doctors to win over public opinion.’
      • ‘Mounting debt, accumulated over the past few years, coupled with reports of unpaid performers had put the event on shaky ground.’
      • ‘So with a shaky resolution and with a will that was even more frail, I took the first step.’
      • ‘Those negotiations are, you know, on shaky ground now, but these are the only two parties.’
      • ‘Financially, Civil War History had continued on shaky financial grounds.’
      • ‘Some were very shaky and unstable, others were convoluted, and a few were both!’
      • ‘The second step was to jettison arguments that rested on shaky evidence.’

Pronunciation:

shaky

/ˈʃeɪki/