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SHAKY (shakier, shakiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shaky mean? 

SHAKY (adjective)
  The adjective SHAKY has 3 senses:

1. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
2. vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze
3. not secure; beset with difficulties

  Familiarity information: SHAKY used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHAKY (adjective)

Sense 1shaky [BACK TO TOP]


Inclined to shake as from weakness or defect


rickety; shaky; wobbly; wonky

Context examples:

a rickety table / a wobbly chair with shaky legs / the ladder felt a little wobbly / the bridge still stands though one of the arches is wonky


unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)

Sense 2shaky [BACK TO TOP]


Vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze


shivering; trembling; shaky

Context examples:

a quaking bog / the quaking child asked for more / quivering leaves of a poplar tree / with shaking knees / seemed shaky on her feet / sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier / trembling hands


unsteady (subject to change or variation)

Sense 3shaky [BACK TO TOP]


Not secure; beset with difficulties


shaky; precarious

Context example:

a shaky marriage


insecure; unsafe (lacking in security or safety)

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