Definition of shaky in English:

shaky

adjective

  • 1Shaking or trembling.

    ‘she managed a shaky laugh’
    • ‘He was trembling and his breathing was shallow and shaky.’
    • ‘A shaky laugh bubbles past his lips, and dizzy words start tumbling out of him.’
    • ‘Hannah's voice trembled as she said this and she took shaky steps toward her sister's bedroom door.’
    • ‘When they parted, the two gave a small, shaky, yet happy laugh.’
    • ‘The nurse came in and introduced herself, and with a shaky hand I shook hers.’
    • ‘I was still feeling weak and shaky, but I wasn't worried about it.’
    • ‘He looked up surprised, shook his head and gave out a shaky laugh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 let out a shaky laugh and pulled away so that I could look up at him.’
    • ‘She touched her lips with shaky fingers, lips quivering as the tears ran past them.’
    • ‘The old man laughed as well, a strange, shaky laugh that went along with his accent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He still felt weak and shaky, as if he had recovered from the flu.’
    • ‘He gripped the steering wheel, letting out a shaky little laugh before speaking.’
    • ‘My legs felt weak, my body shaky, and I wasn't sure whether I was hot or cold.’
    • ‘Instead, from what I could make out over the music, her voice sounded shaky and weak.’
    • ‘It's two in the afternoon, now, and I still feel shaky and weak.’
    • ‘Gavin's voice sounds miraculous, the low baritone of it trembling in my already shaky spine, and I needed him here.’
    • ‘I shook my head, pointing a shaky finger towards the box.’
    trembling, shaking, tremulous, quivering, quivery, unsteady, wobbly, weak
    faint, dizzy, light-headed, giddy
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    1. 1.1 Unstable 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.’
      unsteady, unstable, wobbly, precarious, rocky, rickety, flimsy, frail
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    2. 1.2 Not safe or reliable; liable to fail or falter.
      ‘thoroughly shaky evidence’
      ‘Burns overcame a shaky start to beat the Red Sox’
      • ‘So with a shaky resolution and with a will that was even more frail, I took the first step.’
      • ‘Secondly, I think that it's on very, very shaky ground without constitutional authorization.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, the board's support for a spring academic freedom conference has been shaky, making the organising quite precarious.’
      • ‘These unreliable claims are based on incomplete, shaky evidence.’
      • ‘Although we now have eight parties with representation, some of the smaller ones might be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two painkillers and some cold water later, she made her shaky way down the precarious steps into the living room.’
      • ‘The evening got off to a shaky start as our table wasn't ready, and the restaurant was unfazed by this.’
      • ‘The intellectual biography of the curator has to be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘Unless a judge agrees that they fulfill a special need, the screenings will be on shaky legal ground.’
      • ‘Mounting debt, accumulated over the past few years, coupled with reports of unpaid performers had put the event on shaky ground.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After this the Blues were shaky, losing too many penalty corners and unable to connect passes.’
      • ‘They then found more evidence of shaky business practices, and decided to file an official complaint against the company.’
      • ‘Financially, Civil War History had continued on shaky financial grounds.’
      • ‘But start talking about who did it, and you might be on shaky ground.’
      • ‘Those negotiations are, you know, on shaky ground now, but these are the only two parties.’
      • ‘In Orchestra Rehearsal, the quaking building manifests the orchestra's shaky social ground.’
      faltering, unsteady, uncertain, tentative, wobbly, wobbling, tottering, tottery, teetering, doddering, doddery, shaking, staggering
      unreliable, untrustworthy, questionable, dubious, doubtful, tenuous, suspect, unsubstantial, flimsy, weak, nebulous, unsound, undependable, unsupported, unsubstantiated, ungrounded, unfounded
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Pronunciation

shaky

/ˈSHākē//ˈʃeɪki/