Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shaky”

See all translations

shaky

adjective uk   /ˈʃeɪ.ki/ us  

shaky adjective (MOVEMENT)

moving with quick, short movements from side to side, not in a controlled way: Soon after it was born, the calf got up and tried to stand on its shaky legs. The child wrote her name in large shaky letters. She's recovering well from her operation, but she's still a little shaky on her feet.

shaky adjective (UPSET)

upset: The news left me feeling a little shaky.

shaky adjective (WEAK)

not firm or strong: The building's foundations are rather shaky, and it could collapse at any time. The government is taking these steps to try to improve the country's shaky economy. Their marriage looks pretty shaky to me. I think you're on very shaky ground with that argument.
shakily
adverb uk   /-kɪ.li/ us  
The old man stood up and walked shakily across the room.
shakiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
(Definition of shaky from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shaky?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shaky” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More