Definition of shaky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪki//
    (shakier, shakiest) Being ill
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  1. 1shaking and feeling weak because you are ill/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. See related entries: Being ill
  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.
  4. Extra examples Her voice was low and shaky with emotion. The experience had left him rather shaky. You’ve gone all shaky!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shaky