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stead•y /ˈstɛdi/USA pronunciation
adj., stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl. stead•ies, v., stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
[usually: before a noun] constant, regular, or habitual: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.
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.
- Idiomsgo steady, [no object] to have a romantic relationship with one person exclusively:They seem a little young to be going steady.
(sted′ē), adj., stead•i•er, stead•i•est, interj., n., pl. stead•ies, v., stead•ied, stead•y•ing, adv.
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; uniform;
continuous:a steady diet of meat and potatoes;
a steady wind.
constant, regular, or habitual:a steady job.
free from excitement or agitation; calm:steady nerves.
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[Naut.](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[Naut.](a helm order to keep a vessel steady on its present heading.)
Informal Terms[Informal.]a person of the opposite sex whom one dates exclusively; sweetheart;
boyfriend or girlfriend.
Informal Terms[Informal.]a 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?
1 . balanced.3 . undeviating, invariable.7 . See steadfast.
1905–10 for def. 13;
stead + -y1
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
steady /ˈstɛdɪ/ adj (steadier, steadiest)
vb (steadies, steadying, steadied)
- not able to be moved or disturbed easily; stable
- free from fluctuation
- not easily excited; imperturbable
- staid; sober
- regular; habitual: a steady drinker
- continuous: a steady flow
- (of a vessel) keeping upright, as in heavy seas
- to make or become steady
n ( pl steadies)
- in a steady manner
- go steady ⇒ informal to date one person regularly
- informal one's regular boyfriend or girlfriend
Etymology: 16th Century: from stead + -y1; related to Old High German stātīg, Middle Dutch stēdigˈsteadily adv ˈsteadiness n
- an order to the helmsman to stay on a steady course
- a warning to keep calm, be careful, etc
- Brit a command to get set to start, as in a race: ready, steady, go!
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