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This page has 12 definitions of steady in English. Steady is an adjective, verb, particle, noun and adverb. Examples of how to use steady in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .


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From stead +‎ -y, calquing Middle Low German or Middle Dutch stēdig. Cognate with West Frisian stadich (slow), Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, Swedish stadig, Icelandic stöðugur, German stätig, stetig.



steady (comparative steadier, superlative steadiest)

  1. Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.
    Hold the ladder steady while I go up.
    • a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: [] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:
      Their feet steady, their hands diligent, their eyes watchful, and their hearts resolute.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window, [].
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
  2. Constant in feeling, purpose, or pursuit; not fickle, changeable, or wavering; not easily moved or persuaded to alter a purpose; resolute.
    a man steady in his principles, in his purpose, or in the pursuit of an object
    • 2003, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Inserts Only (page 10)
      During programmed changes, no steady green signal indication or flashing yellow signal indication shall be terminated and immediately followed by a steady red or flashing red signal indication without first displaying the steady yellow signal []
  3. Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions.
    a steady ride
  4. Regular and even.
    the steady course of the Sun;  a steady breeze of wind
  5. Slow.



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steady (third-person singular simple present steadies, present participle steadying, simple past and past participle steadied)

  1. (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To stabilize; to prevent from shaking.
    I took a drink to steady my nerves.
  2. (intransitive) To become stable.
    • 2010, Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan
      The ship steadied in the air. Another spray of ballast came, heavier than the last.




  1. (African-American Vernacular) Aspect marker indicating consistency or intensity.
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steady (plural steadies)

  1. A rest or support, as for the hand, a tool, or a piece of work.
  2. (informal) A regular boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • 2002, Frederick E. Von Burg, Keep My White Sneakers, Kit Carson, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 13:
      “Dalton is my steady, now. If I break up with him, you're the first on the list.” “Thanks,” said Ted. “What a privilege to be second choice.”
  3. (informal) A prostitute's regular customer.
    • 2013, Sheila Foster, Soho Whore:
      Some of my steadies wanted me to go out with them on a date. Occasionally I let one of them take me to a film or out for a meal.


steady (not comparable)

  1. (rowing, informal) To row with pressure at a low stroke-rating, often 18 strokes per minute.
    After the sprint pieces, we rowed steady for the rest of practice.


  1. ^ Stanley, Oma (1937), “I. Vowel Sounds in Stressed Syllables”, in The Speech of East Texas (American Speech: Reprints and Monographs; 2), New York: Columbia University Press, DOI:10.7312/stan90028, →ISBN, § 4, page 13.

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