Definition of shaky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHākē/

adjective (shakier, shakiest)

1Shaking or trembling: she managed a shaky laugh
More example sentences
  • He looked up surprised, shook his head and gave out a shaky laugh.
  • Gavin's voice sounds miraculous, the low baritone of it trembling in my already shaky spine, and I needed him here.
  • The nurse came in and introduced herself, and with a shaky hand I shook hers.
trembling, shaking, tremulous, quivering, quivery, unsteady, wobbly, weak;
tottering, tottery, teetering, doddery
informal trembly
informal trembly, woozy
1.1Unstable because of poor construction or heavy use: a cracked, dangerously shaky table
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  • Although it looked a little unstable and shaky, it would last the night.
  • He was simply relating an event as if explaining he had spilled his coffee because the table was shaky.
  • I'm writing this by the moonlight of an open window at a shaky table with a broken leg.
unsteady, unstable, wobbly, precarious, rocky, rickety, ramshackle
1.2Not safe or reliable; liable to fail or falter: thoroughly shaky evidence Burns overcame a shaky start to beat the Red Sox
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  • The many cases in which shaky evidence was sold to the public have not just been ruses concocted by spin doctors to win over public opinion.
  • Although it's fairly obvious that he's innocent and that the evidence against him's shaky at best, the victim IDs him and he's sent to a holding cell to await trial.
  • These unreliable claims are based on incomplete, shaky evidence.
unreliable, untrustworthy, questionable, dubious, doubtful, tenuous, suspect, flimsy, weak, unsound, unsupported, unsubstantiated, unfounded
informal iffy



Pronunciation: /ˈSHākilē/
Example sentences
  • He hands the glossy thing to me and I shakily accept it like a sad surrender.
  • Picking up her glass shakily, Adrienne takes another sip of her water and decides to let it drop.
  • His mouth opened but no sound came out, and he pointed shakily towards where he had been looking.


Pronunciation: /ˈSHākēnəs/
Example sentences
  • Following reduction or cessation of use, severe intermittent symptoms of palpitations, sweating, shakiness and insomnia were alleged starting in 1989 and lasting for 2-3 years, thus outside any relevant period of cover.
  • It has grown to become one of the great weird voices, up there with those of Neil Young and Little Jimmy Scott, its shakiness having evolved into style.
  • As an ex-Chief of Defence he had probably experienced at first hand the shakiness of our strategic policy foundations.

Words that rhyme with shaky

achy, Blakey, flaky, quaky, snaky, wakey-wakey

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Syllabification: shak·y

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