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Meaning of “shaky” in the English Dictionary

"shaky" in British English

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shakyadjective

uk   us   /ˈʃeɪ.ki/
  • shaky adjective (MOVEMENT)

moving with ​quick, ​shortmovements 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 ​childwrote her ​name in ​large shaky ​letters. She's ​recovering well from her ​operation, but she's still a little shaky on herfeet.
  • shaky adjective (WEAK)

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

"shaky" in American English

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shakyadjective

 us   /ˈʃeɪ·ki/
  • shaky adjective (UPSET)

feelingupset: 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 ​meansuncertain: The ​agreement is still shaky and hasn’t been ​approvedyet. Someone whose ​performance is shaky is not ​performing well: After a shaky ​start, the ​teamstartedmoving the ​ball and ​communicating.
  • shaky adjective (MOVING)

moving with ​quick, ​shortmovements from ​side to ​side, not in a ​controlled way: His ​hands were shaky. She ​spoke in a shaky ​voice (= a ​voice that ​changedfrequently because of ​emotion).
(Definition of shaky from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shaky" in Business English

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shakyadjective

uk   us   /ˈʃeɪki/
not in good ​condition or likely to ​fail: The ​government is taking these ​steps to ​try to ​improve the country's shaky ​economy. Too many ​mortgages were given to ​people with shaky ​credithistories. Several of the ​biglifeinsurancecompanies are looking shaky.
on shaky ground in a ​situation in which there is a ​strong possibility that something might ​stopworking, be defeated, etc.: The state's ​finances are still on shaky ​ground. I ​think you're on very shaky ​ground with that argument.
(Definition of shaky from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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