Definition of shaky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪki/

adjective (shakier, shakiest)

1Shaking or trembling: she managed a shaky laugh
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  • 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.
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.
decrepit, ramshackle, dilapidated, on its last legs
informal teetery
British informal wonky, dicky
1.2Not safe or reliable; liable to fail or falter: thoroughly shaky evidence after a shaky start the Scottish team made superb efforts
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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, unsubstantial, flimsy, weak, nebulous, unsound, undependable, unsupported, unsubstantiated, ungrounded, unfounded
informal iffy
British informal dodgy



Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪkɪli/
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: /ˈʃeɪkɪnəs/
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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