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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.
- Not held firmly in position, physically unstable.
- A slightly unsteady item of furniture.
1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 4, The Younger Set:
- “Mid-Lent, and the Enemy grins,” remarked Selwyn as he started for church with Nina and the children. Austin, knee-deep in a dozen Sunday supplements, refused to stir ; poor little Eileen was now convalescent from grippe, but still unsteady on her legs ; …
- Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
- Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behavior.
- (not held or fixed securely and likely to fall over): precarious, rickety, shaky, tottering, unsafe, unstable, wobbly
not held in position
inconstant in purpose or volatile in behavior
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- To render unsteady, removing balance.