Webster 1828 Edition
1.Not steady; not constant; irresolute.
2.Mutable; variable; changeable; as unsteady winds.
3.Not adhering constantly to any fixed plan or business.
unsteady (comparative unsteadier, superlative unsteadiest)
- Not held firmly in position, physically unstable.
- A slightly unsteady item of furniture.
- 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter IV”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
- "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; her maid had taken the grippe, and now moaned all day: […]"
- 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
unsteady (third-person singular simple present unsteadies, present participle unsteadying, simple past and past participle unsteadied)
- To render unsteady, removing balance.