(adjective, verb)


1. subject to change or variation

- her unsteady walk

- his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine

- an unsteady voice

Similar word(s): agitated, uneven, irregular, unstable, arrhythmic, jerking, jerky, convulsive, spasmodic, spastic, faltering, aflicker, flickering, fluctuating, palpitant, palpitating, shaky, shivering, trembling, quavering, tremulous, shifting, shifty, shuddering, tottering, tottery, uneven, wobbling

2. not firmly or solidly positioned

- climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder

Similar word(s): unfixed, unfirm

Sentences with unsteady as an adjective:

- A slightly unsteady item of furniture.


1. To render unsteady, removing balance.