shaky

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Etymology[edit]

shake +‎ -y

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃeɪki/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪki

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shaky (comparative shakier, superlative shakiest)

  1. Shaking or trembling.
    a shaky spot in a marsh
    a shaky hand
  2. Nervous, anxious.
    He’s a nice guy but when he talks to me, he acts shaky.
    • 2006, Paul A. Grayson, ‎Philip W. Meilman, College Mental Health Practice (page 11)
      For the college clinician, restless nights after letting a shaky student walk out of the office are an occupational hazard. Are the student's safety assurances credible? Will he or she make it safely through the weekend?
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Villa had plenty of opportunities to make the game safe after a shaky start and despite not reaching any great heights, they were resolute enough to take control of the game in the second half.
  3. (of wood) Full of shakes or cracks; cracked.
    shaky timber
    For quotations using this term, see Citations:shaky.
  4. Easily shaken; tottering; unsound.
    a shaky constitution
    shaky business credit
  5. Wavering; undecided.

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