Meaning of STEADY in English


I. ˈste-dē adjective

( steadi·er ; -est )

Etymology: Middle English stedy, from stede

Date: 14th century


a. : direct or sure in movement : unfaltering

a steady hand

b. : firm in position : fixed

held the pole steady

c. : keeping nearly upright in a seaway

a steady ship

2. : showing little variation or fluctuation : stable , uniform

a steady breeze

steady prices


a. : not easily disturbed or upset

steady nerves


(1) : constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment

steady friends

(2) : dependable

c. : not given to dissipation : sober

• steadi·ly ˈste-d ə l-ē adverb

• steadi·ness ˈste-dē-nəs noun


steady , even , equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement

steady progress

even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character

an even distribution

equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes

maintain an equable temper

II. verb

( stead·ied ; steady·ing )

Date: 1530

transitive verb

: to make or keep steady

intransitive verb

: to become steady

• steadi·er noun

III. adverb

Date: circa 1605

1. : in a steady manner : steadily

2. : on the course set — used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship

IV. noun

( plural stead·ies )

Date: 1792

: one that is steady ; specifically : a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady

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