WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- firmly placed; stable:a steady ladder.
- even or regular in movement:a steady rhythm.
- free from change or interruption;
continuous:a steady diet of bread and water.
- constant, regular, or habitual:[usually: before a noun]a steady customer at the diner.
- free from excitement;
not easily disturbed;
not weakening or lessening:a steady hand.
- settled or sober, as a person or habits:a steady pupil who does his work on time.
- (used to urge someone or an animal to calm down or be under control):Whoa, steady, big fellow!
- Informal Termsa person with whom one has a romantic relationship;
a boyfriend or girlfriend:That's his steady; you can't dance with her!
- 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.
- in a steady manner;
steadily:walking none too steady down the road.
- 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.
- firmly placed or fixed;
stable in position or equilibrium:a steady ladder.
- even or regular in movement:the steady swing of the pendulum.
- free from change, variation, or interruption;
continuous:a steady diet of meat and potatoes; a steady wind.
- constant, regular, or habitual:a steady job.
- free from excitement or agitation;
unfaltering:a steady gaze; a steady hand.
- steadfast or unwavering;
resolute:a steady purpose.
- settled, staid, or sober, as a person, habits, etc.
- Nautical, Naval Terms(of a vessel) keeping nearly upright, as in a heavy sea.
- go steady, [Informal.]to date one person exclusively:Her father didn't approve of her going steady at such an early age.
- (used to urge someone to calm down or be under control.)
- Nautical, Naval Terms(a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
- Informal Termsa person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively;
boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Informal Termsa steady visitor, customer, or the like;
- to make or keep steady, as in position, movement, action, character, etc.:His calm confidence steadied the nervous passengers.
- Informal Termsto become steady.
- in a firm or steady manner:Hold the ladder steady.
- [Informal.]steadily, regularly, or continuously:Is she working steady now?
- 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.