1 subject to change or variation especially in behavior; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice" [ant: steady]
3 not firmly or solidly positioned; "climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder"; "an unfirm stance" [syn: unfirm] [also: unsteadied]
EtymologyCreated 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.
- Not held firmly in position.
- Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
- Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.
- French: branlant, instable, fébrile
- Swedish: ostadig (1,2)
- Portuguese: oscilante;volúvel; inconsistente
- To render unsteady, removing balance.
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