- 1 developing, growing, etc. gradually and in an even and regular way synonym constant five years of steady economic growth a steady decline in numbers We are making slow but steady progress. The gardens receive a steady stream of visitors.
- 2not changing and not interrupted synonym regular His breathing was steady. a steady job/income She drove at a steady 50 mph. They set off at a steady pace. a steady boyfriend/girlfriend (= with whom you have a serious relationship or one that has lasted a long time) to have a steady relationship
- 3firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or likely to fall down He held the boat steady as she got in. I met his steady gaze. Such fine work requires a good eye and a steady hand. She's not very steady on her feet these days. opposite unsteady
- 4(of a person) sensible; who can be relied on
- NAmE//ˈstɛdl̩i//adverb The company's exports have been increasing steadily. The situation got steadily worse. He looked at her steadily and intensely, but she didn't seem to notice. The rain fell steadily.
- NAmE//ˈstɛdinəs//noun [uncountable] Idioms
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extremely steady and calm; that you can rely on
(as) steady as a rockjump to other results