steady

The adjective steady describes something that is firmly fixed in position. If you have to climb up on your roof, you definitely want to have a steady ladder. Otherwise, you risk ending up in the bushes instead of on the roof.

The adjective steady can also describe something that isn't going to fluctuate wildly. If you have a steady income from a salary, you bring in approximately the same amount of money each month. If you are paid on commission, on the other hand, you may make Midas look poor in some months and beggars look rich in others. As a verb, to steady means "to make something steady" (big surprise): You can steady a wobbly table by sticking a matchbook under its shortest leg, or you could steady a nervous dog with a reassuring pat.

Primary Meanings of steady

1.
adjvadv
securely in position; not shaky
make steady
in a steady manner
2.
adj
marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
3.
adjn
relating to a person who does something regularly
a person loved by another person
Full Definitions of steady
1

adj securely in position; not shaky

“held the ladder steady
Synonyms:
secure
not likely to fail or give way

adj not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

Synonyms:
firm, unfluctuating
stable
resistant to change of position or condition

adj not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

“a steady beat”
“a steady job”
“a steady breeze”
“a steady increase”
“a good steady ballplayer”
Synonyms:
unagitated
not agitated or disturbed emotionally
even
being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
stable
resistant to change of position or condition
dependable, rock-steady, steady-going
consistent in performance or behavior
even, regular
occurring at fixed intervals
firm
(of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
level, unwavering
not showing abrupt variations
steadied
made steady or constant
sure
certain not to fail
footsure, sure-footed, surefooted
not liable to stumble or fall
Antonyms:
unsteady
subject to change or variation
agitated
troubled emotionally and usually deeply
uneven
not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
irregular
contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
unstable
lacking stability or fixity or firmness
arrhythmic, jerking, jerky
lacking a steady rhythm
convulsive, spasmodic, spastic
affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
faltering
unsteady in speech or action
aflicker, flickering
shining unsteadily
fluctuating
having unpredictable ups and downs
palpitant, palpitating
having a slight and rapid trembling motion
shaky, shivering, trembling
vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze
quavering, tremulous
(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
shifting, shifty
changing position or direction
shuddering
shaking convulsively or violently
tottering, tottery
unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age
uneven
variable and recurring at irregular intervals
wobbling
(of sound) fluctuating unsteadily
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adj not easily excited or upset

steady nerves”
Synonyms:
unexcitable
not easily excited

v make steady

steady yourself”
Synonyms:
becalm, calm
Type of:
stabilise, stabilize
become stable or more stable

v support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

Synonyms:
brace, stabilise, stabilize
Types:
ballast
make steady with a ballast
guy
steady or support with a guy wire or cable
Type of:
beef up, fortify, strengthen
make strong or stronger

adv in a steady manner

Synonyms:
steadily
Antonyms:
falteringly, uncertainly, unsteadily
in an unsteady manner
2

adj marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

Synonyms:
firm, steadfast, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
resolute
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
3

adj relating to a person who does something regularly

“a steady drinker”
Synonyms:
regular
frequent
coming at short intervals or habitually

n a person loved by another person

Synonyms:
sweetheart, sweetie, truelove
Types:
dulcinea, ladylove
a woman who is a man's sweetheart
sugar daddy
a wealthy older man who gives a young person expensive gifts in return for friendship or intimacy
valentine
a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day
Type of:
lover
a person who loves someone or is loved by someone

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