Definition of steady in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstɛdi

adjective (steadier, steadiest)

  • 1Firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving: the lighter the camera, the harder it is to hold steady he refilled her glass with a steady hand
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    • His hand, usually steady, is shaking; he must not let his agitation show.
    • There is an uneasy sensation akin to loss of control, a whirlwind that trips my balance, sweeps me off my steady feet and into a foggy daze at odd times of the day.
    • He was able to grab hold of a ledge and when he got a steady footing of his balance he turned to his right to find the drop ship making a slow bank and heading back the path they came.
    stable, balanced, firm, fixed, secure, secured, fast, safe, immovable, unshakeable, dependable; anchored, moored, jammed, rooted, braced, cemented, riveted, nailed, tiedmotionless, still, unshaking, static, stationary, unmoving, sure
  • 1.1Not faltering or wavering; controlled: a steady gaze she tried to keep her voice steady
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    • Darre turned his cool green eyes on Carl, who faltered under his steady gaze.
    • John's gaze was steady and unblinking as he stared into his daughter's blazing eyes.
    • Who could have known that such this young boy possessed such extraordinary fighting skills, much more have it under steady control?
    fixed, intent, immovable, immobile, unwavering, unfaltering
  • 1.2(Of a person) sensible, reliable, and self-restrained: a solid, steady young man
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    • He was one of the most sensible and steady people I've known, and not as humourless as that sounds.
    • That would allow Isaac Smith to remain in the No.3 role, where he's steady and reliable.
    • Poets are the most down-to-earth, loyal, steady people that have ever been.
    sensible, level-headed, well balanced, balanced, rational, settled, mature, down-to-earth, full of common sense, stolid, calm, equable, imperturbable, reliable, dependable, sound, sober, serious-minded, responsible, serious

verb (steadies, steadying, steadied)

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  • Used as a warning to someone to keep calm or take care: Steady now! We don’t want you hurting yourself

noun (plural steadies)

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  • 1 informal A person’s regular boyfriend or girlfriend: his steady chucked him two weeks ago
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    • Could it be really possible that they haven't considered all the merits of having a steady (not necessarily permanent) boyfriend.
    • As usual though, I had to go and ruin it - I found a steady girlfriend.
    • He recoiled at the thought of allowing his steady girlfriend, Ms Boyle, from taking up more permanent residence in his home, and they went separate ways earlier this year.
  • 2A strut for stabilizing a caravan or other vehicle when stationary.
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    • Sliding contact between the work piece and its support should be avoided, and the use of roller steadies and running centres is recommended.


go steady

informal Have a regular romantic or sexual relationship with someone: she started going steady with Sebastian
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  • Rebellious older daughter Esti is going steady with a soldier, but they're having a hard time finding privacy.
  • It's a crush that I'm betting will quickly progress to going steady.
  • I was so naive, I thought he was using some cool, mature way to describe going steady or going out.

steady on!

British Used as a way of exhorting someone to calm down or be more reasonable: Steady on, Mark! You’re talking about my best friend



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  • The poverty of the Tipperary team surprised, even considering the greater physical presence of the winners who were far steadier in the tackle.
  • Without doubt our defence is a much steadier ship these days.
  • Orr was the steadier of the two, going bogey-free, but it was Forsyth who left the course knowing he could and should have scored even better than he did.


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  • I could see from the look on the American's face that he was slowly but steadily losing the will to live.
  • When the whistles blew, they advanced slowly and steadily towards the German lines.
  • The number of ethnic minority consultants is rising steadily, and will continue to do so.


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  • It was in attack that Waterford lost this game, not for want of effort but for steadiness in finishing.
  • We'll be close as we can to the team we play to make sure we retain a steadiness.
  • Recently I have begun to wonder if these kinds of tests requiring cleverness instead of steadiness can really contribute to improve their English abilities.


Middle English (in the sense 'unwavering, without deviation'): from stead + -y1. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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