Synonyms for (adjective) unsteady

Synonyms: unfirm, unsteady

Definition: not firmly or solidly positioned

Usage: climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder; an unfirm stance

Similar words: unfixed

Definition: not firmly placed or set or fastened


Synonyms: unsteady

Definition: subject to change or variation

Usage: her unsteady walk; his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine; an unsteady voice

Similar words: jerking, jerky, arrhythmic

Definition: lacking a steady rhythm

Usage: an arrhythmic heartbeat


Similar words: spasmodic, spastic, convulsive

Definition: affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm

Usage: convulsive motions; his body made a spasmodic jerk; spastic movements


Similar words: faltering

Definition: unsteady in speech or action


Similar words: flickering, aflicker

Definition: shining unsteadily


Similar words: fluctuating

Definition: having unpredictable ups and downs

Usage: fluctuating prices


Similar words: palpitant, palpitating

Definition: having a slight and rapid trembling motion

Usage: palpitant movements rather than violent eruptions; my palpitating heart


Similar words: shaky, shivering, trembling

Definition: vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze

Usage: a quaking bog; the quaking child asked for more; quivering leaves of a poplar tree; with shaking knees; seemed shaky on her feet; sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier; trembling hands


Similar words: tremulous, quavering

Definition: (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear

Usage: the old lady's quavering voice; spoke timidly in a tremulous voice


Similar words: shifting, shifty

Definition: changing position or direction

Usage: he drifted into the shifting crowd; their nervous shifting glances; shifty winds


Similar words: shuddering

Definition: shaking convulsively or violently


Similar words: tottering, tottery

Definition: unsteady in gait as from infirmity or old age

Usage: a tottering skeleton of a horse; a tottery old man


Similar words: uneven

Definition: variable and recurring at irregular intervals

Usage: an uneven gait; uneven spacing


Similar words: wobbling

Definition: (of sound) fluctuating unsteadily

Usage: a low-pitched wobbling sound