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Definition of shaky adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (shakier, shakiest)
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  1. 1shaking and feeling weak because you are sick, emotional, or old synonym unsteady Her voice sounded shaky on the phone. The old man was very shaky on his feet. My legs still felt quite shaky.
  2. 2not firm or safe; not certain That ladder looks a little shaky. (figurative) Her memories of the accident are a little shaky. (figurative) The protesters are on shaky ground (= it is not certain that their claims are valid).
  3. 3not seeming very successful; likely to fail synonym uncertain Business is looking shaky at the moment. After a shaky start, they fought back to win 3–2. The future looks shaky for the present government.
adverb “Get the doctor,” he whispered shakily. Jill rose shakily to her feet.
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