WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stead•y /ˈstɛdi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl.  stead•ies, v.,  stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv. 
adj. 
  1. firmly placed; stable:a steady ladder.
  2. even or regular in movement:a steady rhythm.
  3. free from change or interruption;
    continuous:a steady diet of bread and water.
  4. constant, regular, or habitual:[usually: before a noun]a steady customer at the diner.
  5. free from excitement;
    not easily disturbed;
    calm:steady nerves.
  6. firm;
    not weakening or lessening:a steady hand.
  7. settled or sober, as a person or habits:a steady pupil who does his work on time.

interj. 
  1. (used to urge someone or an animal to calm down or be under control):Whoa, steady, big fellow!

n. [countable]
  1. Informal Termsa person with whom one has a romantic relationship;
    a boyfriend or girlfriend:That's his steady; you can't dance with her!

v. 
  1. to (cause to) become firm, straight, or steady, as in position, movement, or character: [no object]The boat lurched in the high seas, then steadied again.[+ object]The pilot steadied the plane before everyone got sick.[+ oneself]He staggered, then steadied himself by grabbing the railing.

adv. 
  1. in a steady manner;
    steadily:walking none too steady down the road.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsgo steady, [no object] to have a romantic relationship with one person exclusively:They seem a little young to be going steady.

stead•i•ly /ˈstɛdəli/USA pronunciation  adv.: It rained steadily all night.
stead•i•ness, n. [uncountable]They admired her steadiness in times of crisis.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stead•y  (stedē),USA pronunciation adj.,  stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl.  stead•ies, v.,  stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv. 
adj. 
  1. firmly placed or fixed;
    stable in position or equilibrium:a steady ladder.
  2. even or regular in movement:the steady swing of the pendulum.
  3. free from change, variation, or interruption;
    uniform;
    continuous:a steady diet of meat and potatoes; a steady wind.
  4. constant, regular, or habitual:a steady job.
  5. free from excitement or agitation;
    calm:steady nerves.
  6. firm;
    unfaltering:a steady gaze; a steady hand.
  7. steadfast or unwavering;
    resolute:a steady purpose.
  8. settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
  9. Nautical, Naval Terms(of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
  10. go steady, [Informal.]to date one person exclusively:Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.

interj. 
  1. (used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
  2. Nautical, Naval Terms(a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)

n. 
  1. Informal Termsa person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively;
    sweetheart;
    boyfriend or girlfriend.
  2. Informal Termsa steady visitor, customer, or the like;
    habitué.

v.t. 
  1. to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.:His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.

v.i. 
  1. Informal Termsto become steady.

adv. 
  1. in a firm or steady manner:Hold the ladder steady.
  2. [Informal.]steadily, regularly, or continuously:Is she working steady now?
steadi•ly, adv. 
steadi•ness, n. 
  • 1520–30; 1905–10 for def. 13; stead + -y1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged balanced.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged undeviating, invariable.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  steadfast. 

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