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English definition of “shaky”

shaky

adjective  /ˈʃeɪ·ki/ us  

shaky adjective (UPSET)

feeling upset: This was my fourth time in a plane, but I still felt shaky.

shaky adjective (WEAK)

not firm or strong: It was a shaky marriage from the start. The building’s foundations are pretty shaky. Shaky also means uncertain: The agreement is still shaky and hasn’t been approved yet. Someone whose performance is shaky is not performing well: After a shaky start, the team started moving the ball and communicating.

shaky adjective (MOVING)

moving with quick, short movements from side to side, not in a controlled way: His hands were shaky. She spoke in a shaky voice (= a voice that changed frequently because of emotion).
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