Something shaky is trembling — or just feels like it. When we're not confident, we feel shaky.

Being shaky is something that happens to us all. The first day of a job or class can make anyone feel shaky — even the teacher or boss. When you get extremely nervous, your hands might literally shake. That's not fun, but it might help you remember what shaky means. A building in an earthquake and a tree in the wind can also be shaky. One person we hope is not shaky — in either way — is a surgeon.

Definitions of shaky

adj vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze

“seemed shaky on her feet”
shivering, trembling
subject to change or variation

adj inclined to shake as from weakness or defect

“a wobbly chair with shaky legs”
rickety, wobbly, wonky
lacking stability or fixity or firmness

adj not secure; beset with difficulties

“a shaky marriage”
insecure, unsafe
lacking in security or safety

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