Adjective "steady" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.
  1. 'he refilled her glass with a steady hand'
  2. 'Damia waved her arms frantically, almost losing her balance on her steady horse.'
  3. 'Reagan advanced on her, holding his gun steady.'
  4. 'There is an uneasy sensation akin to loss of control, a whirlwind that trips my balance, sweeps me off my steady feet and into a foggy daze at odd times of the day.'
  5. 'I switched my flashguns off and held my camera steady for a slow shutter exposure.'
  6. 'He rushed forth with a steady gate, fast but still wary to keep his balance while he negotiated the uncertain terrain beneath his feet.'
  7. 'Casey's sweet swing, marked by steady balance and a complex routine before he settles in for the pitch, is fueled by loads of natural talent.'
  8. 'Hold the food steady with the fork whilst cutting it with the knife.'
  9. 'I held the cup and offered it to Matt, my hand steady as a rock.'
  10. 'she tried to keep her voice steady'
  11. '‘There will be a time for grieving later,’ he said, trying to keep his voice steady.'
  12. 'Rossiter refused to be intimidated and met Bradley's level gaze, steady in his resolve.'
  13. 'Her fingers faltered from its steady clipping as Adam's sarcastic words filled her mind.'
  14. 'Its steady gaze tunneled inside me, into my very veins.'
  15. 'John's gaze was steady and unblinking as he stared into his daughter's blazing eyes.'
  16. 'Neither of them looked at me, but kept a steady gaze at each other.'
  17. 'The backbeat of the song easily guiding the rock of her hips, her nails raking up the nape of Rae's neck, tangling her fingers through her hair and holding the steady gaze.'
  18. 'Josaitis fixes the audience with her steady gaze.'
  19. 'As pleasure and contentment washed over her, she met his steady gaze, tears of gratitude shining in her eyes.'
  20. 'Darre turned his cool green eyes on Carl, who faltered under his steady gaze.'
  21. 'These are not only failures of elementary communication; they are also reactions that fail to inspire confidence that Duncan Smith is steady under pressure.'
  22. 'That would allow Isaac Smith to remain in the No.3 role, where he's steady and reliable.'
  23. 'I think the vice president was very steady, very calm, paternal in a good way, if you will.'
  24. 'The Parkville defence suffered an early loss when one of their most steady men in defence, David James had to limp off the field through injury.'
Regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency, or intensity.
  1. 'sales remain steady'
  2. 'For the area, this will ensure the continuation of a steady supply of quality employment opportunities.'
  3. 'Ever since this sprawling mansion is thrown open to the public, there is a steady stream of visitors hanging around it - letting their imagination run wild.'
  4. 'But as Britain celebrated National Apple Day yesterday a steady stream of visitors were calling at the farm before buying apples as well as home-made jams and jellies.'
  5. 'Most visitors came to inspect the institution in the first three years of its existence, but a steady stream continued to come in the years following.'
  6. 'In the junior open U - 18 championship the winner was Cian Kilcullen from Enniscrone who continues to make steady progress in the sport.'
  7. 'The hostel was in the firing line because of a steady decline in visitor numbers and the need for building refurbishments.'
  8. 'He remained in Edinburgh until his death, continuing to produce a steady stream of high quality papers up to the time of his death.'
  9. 'Throughout his career he continued to publish a steady stream of high quality research papers right up to the time of his death.'
  10. 'He continues to show steady progress and is developing the confidence necessary to be successful at the position.'
  11. 'The steady decline and deterioration continued at an accelerated pace.'
  12. 'a steady boyfriend'
  13. 'Unemployment in Argentina has reached depression levels of over 15 percent, with four million workers having no steady jobs.'
  14. 'I know someone who quit their steady job once because they thought selling property was a breeze and a lot more lucrative than what they were doing.'
  15. 'As soon as he left the unremunerative world of crime for a steady job with the forces of order, he became significantly more intelligent.'
  16. 'The father's lack of a steady job, substance abuse, incarceration and domestic violence were among the reasons for not marrying.'
  17. 'The company offers a steady job with decent pay and great benefits after college.'
  18. 'I had a good job with a steady income and a great place to live in.'
  19. 'Even the only steady job the man's ever had reflects his need to be moving - he was a bush pilot, flying supplies and people in and out of civilization in Northern Quebec.'
  20. 'With an economic downturn encompassing the last twenty years, those lacking steady jobs in the formal economy now exceed half the work force.'
  21. 'My boyfriend at the time was not in a steady job and was confused as well.'
  22. 'The announcement rocked a town that already has suffered a steady loss of manufacturing jobs to low-wage nations such as China and Mexico.'
  23. 'The currents were starting to get tricky and keeping the small craft steady was proving to be a real test for the pilot.'
  24. 'The Blue Horizon was six hours away from Nalirra, and Renny had all the lights on the bridge down to a minimum as he concentrated on keeping the ship steady.'
  25. 'Commercial shipping has picked up after a quieter January with a steady flow of ships delivering in the port.'
  26. 'As soon as they got to the peer, Brock and Rainia jumped out and held the boat steady, while Aria and Tyra got out and grabbed everything on the boat.'
  27. 'The ship continues to sail on that very steady course.'
  28. 'He set a steady course south, keeping the shore easily in his view.'
  29. 'She strained her shoulder muscles trying to simply keep the ship steady.'
  30. 'Setting a spinnaker involves keeping the boat steady with the wind behind while the spinnaker sail is raised.'
  31. 'At first it all seems rather gentle as you drift along with the current, the helmsman steering a steady course, the water only occasionally lapping over the sides of your raft.'
  32. 'Most of the passengers spent the time on the deck, as the ship was very steady despite the storm threat.'


Make or become steady.
  1. 'she's the one steadying influence in his life'
  2. 'Prices steadied on Tuesday, but the concern over future shortages sent Asian markets lower.'
  3. 'Keats spluttered and coughed to full wakefulness, and steadied himself with a stiff brandy.'
  4. 'Larkin steadied himself and blasted in a low drive that looked goalbound.'
  5. 'How long it can endure without King Hussein's steadying presence, no one can say.'
  6. 'Dozens of police officers rushed over and steadied the car, drawing loud boos from the crowd.'
  7. 'He was bending on his knees, steadying himself with his hand on the floor.'
  8. 'Danny settled down in his seat, closed his eyes and steadied his breathing.'
  9. 'Cale looked through his scope and took slow deep breaths to lower his heartbeat thus steadying his aim.'
  10. 'To Rockmount's credit they steadied, and gradually began to battle their way back into the game.'
  11. 'Outstripping the York defence, he steadied himself before lashing the ball past Fettis with an unerring finish.'


Used as a warning to someone to keep calm or take care.


    A person's regular boyfriend or girlfriend.
    1. 'Gunn's next stop probably will be a rehab facility in Germany, where his unit is based and he has a steady girlfriend.'
    2. 'Right now, I don't have a steady girlfriend, but I'm working on it.'
    3. 'Could it be really possible that they haven't considered all the merits of having a steady (not necessarily permanent) boyfriend.'
    4. 'He recoiled at the thought of allowing his steady girlfriend, Ms Boyle, from taking up more permanent residence in his home, and they went separate ways earlier this year.'
    5. 'In truth, he had had no steady girlfriends, because they found his personality repulsive.'
    6. 'As usual though, I had to go and ruin it - I found a steady girlfriend.'
    7. 'I remembered he used to go on dates, but I don't remember him ever having a steady girlfriend.'
    A strut for stabilizing a caravan or other vehicle when stationary.


      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 u

      More examples(as adjective)

      "prices can be steady on dates."

      "rates can be steady at percents."

      "oils can be steady at rupees."

      "prices can be steady in trades."

      "rates can be steady in trades."

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      Middle English (in the sense ‘unwavering, without deviation’): from stead + -y. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.


      go steady
      steady on!