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Definition of "shaky" []

  • Trembling or quivering; tremulous: a shaky voice. (adjective)
  • Lacking soundness or sturdiness, as of construction: a shaky table. (adjective)
  • Not to be depended on; precarious: a shaky alliance. (adjective)
  • Wavering in firmness: a shaky belief. (adjective)
  • Open to question or doubt: shaky evidence. (adjective)
  • Tending to shake or tremble (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Liable to prove defective; unreliable (adjective)
  • Uncertain or questionable (adjective)

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Use "shaky" in a sentence
  • "Daisy, a mid-sized, mixed-breed dog adopted from Greenwich Animal Control's shelter, longed for strenuous exercise that the 59-year-old Swan was unable to provide because of what he described as a shaky leg that keeps him from walking more than a mile at a time."
  • "You could see it when they filmed these huge historic battles in shaky close-up with about five men shouting loudly and shaking plastic swords."
  • "Sellotaped to the top of it was a piece of lined notepaper, and written on it in shaky handwriting: Jim's last letter, received January 25 1915."