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shaky

adjective uk   us   /ˈʃeɪ.ki/

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   us   /-kɪ.li/
The old man stood up and walked shakily across the room.
shakiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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