Definition of unsteady in English:



  • 1Liable to fall or shake; not steady in position.

    ‘he was very unsteady on his feet’
    ‘Nathan pushed the mug into her unsteady hand’
    • ‘The social sciences occupied an unsteady position somewhere in between.’
    • ‘The officer asked the appellant to get out of the vehicle, and noticed he was unsteady on his feet after getting out.’
    • ‘Ellianne saw that his usually graceful movements were unsteady and shaking.’
    • ‘A few people may suffer intermittent symptoms or feel a little unsteady for a few days after the trip, especially after travelling by boat.’
    • ‘As he accompanied her back to her cruiser, he appeared to be unsteady on his feet and was leaning slightly to the left and had difficulty walking.’
    • ‘I felt the rope shake beneath my unsteady fingers and then I felt the burn as my hands slipped down the cord.’
    • ‘With a firm hold on the bed post, Emma hoisted herself up onto her unsteady feet.’
    • ‘Rob was standing now, looking slightly unsteady on his feet but otherwise unharmed.’
    • ‘He looked a little pale and unsteady, his hands shaking as he sat back down again.’
    • ‘Robert took the other man's outstretched hand and stood on unsteady feet.’
    • ‘The fall had sobered Hector but he was still unsteady on his feet.’
    • ‘As Charles lets what feels like half of Glasgow into the dressing room, an unsteady young fan falls at Turner's feet.’
    • ‘He appeared drunk and unsteady and after a positive roadside breath test was taken to the police station.’
    • ‘I was unsteady on my feet as I made my way towards the ragged red couch.’
    • ‘The woman had also begun climbing but seemed unsteady on her feet.’
    • ‘The rusty chandelier swayed above them in their cabin as the sea's waves shook the seemingly unsteady ship.’
    • ‘As he went to the scaffold, he was so injured and unsteady that he fell from the ladder he was climbing towards the rope and broke his neck.’
    • ‘If you had to get up in the middle of the night you might be unsteady and fall.’
    • ‘I sat up slowly, my arms shaking as I pushed myself out of bed on to my unsteady feet.’
    • ‘He watched as she scrambled to her feet, unsteady for a moment, and ran.’
    • ‘Some medicines for diabetes and heart conditions can also make you unsteady on your feet.’
    unstable, rocky, wobbly, wobbling, rickety, shaky, shaking, tottery, tottering, teetering, unsafe, unbalanced, unreliable, insecure, not secure, unfastened, unsecured, movable, precarious
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    1. 1.1 Not regular in pitch or rhythm.
      ‘his deep voice was unsteady’
      • ‘Its clear, pure light is wavering, unsteady, as if it were reflected on the surface of a pond.’
      • ‘Her voice was empty, thin, like an unsteady breeze blowing across a reed pipe.’
      • ‘Her voice became noticeably weaker and more unsteady each time she spoke.’
      • ‘Loren's voice was a bit unsteady and groggy, and I fought the urge to roll my eyes.’
      • ‘The sound of Jerry Davis' unsteady and eager voice brought her eyes up from the floor with a smile.’
      • ‘Ed was almost shaking and his voice was a little unsteady as he answered.’
      • ‘However, economic growth was unsteady and its prosperity distributed very unevenly.’
      • ‘The damp, hard floor beneath her was moving; it was swaying from side to side in an unsteady rhythm.’
      • ‘Tom's singing voice was a little unsteady to begin with, but soon solidified into a soft, smooth tenor.’
      • ‘Her voice felt unsteady, but she forced it to adhere to her usual monotone as she spoke again.’
      • ‘The delicate line drawings wavered in the unsteady light, but it was clear enough for him to be certain this wasn't the one he was looking for.’
      irregular, uneven, varying, variable, erratic, jerky, unreliable, volatile, spasmodic, sporadic, changeable, changing, fluctuating, wavering, vacillating, inconstant, intermittent, fitful, desultory, occasional, unsystematic
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