- Not held firmly in position.
- Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
- Inconstant in purpose, or volatile in behaviour.
- To render unsteady, removing balance.
adrift, afloat, alternating, amorphous, broken, canted, capricious, careening, catchy, changeable, changeful, changing, choppy, dancing, dangerous, desultory, deviable, deviating, deviative, deviatory, different, dilapidated, disconnected, discontinuous, disorderly, divaricate, divergent, diversified, diversiform, dizzy, doddering, doubtful, dubious, eccentric, erose, erratic, fast and loose, fickle, fitful, flickering, flickery, flicky, flighty, flitting, fluctuating, fluid, fluttering, fluttery, freakish, giddy, groggy, guttering, halting, hazardous, heeling, herky-jerky, heteroclite, ill-balanced, immethodical, impetuous, impulsive, inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, infirm, insecure, insubstantial, intermittent, intermitting, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible, jagged, jerky, leaning, listing, lopsided, lurching, mazy, mercurial, mobile, moody, motley, moving, mutable, nonconformist, nonstandard, nonuniform, off-balance, overbalanced, patchy, perilous, pluralistic, precarious, protean, provisional, ragged, rambling, ramshackle, restless, ricketish, rickety, risky, rocky, rough, roving, scatterbrained, scrappy, shaky, shapeless, shifting, shifty, shuffling, slippery, snatchy, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spastic, spidery, spindly, spineless, spluttering, sporadic, spotty, sputtering, sputtery, staggering, teetering, teetery, temporary, tentative, ticklish, top-heavy, tottering, tottery, treacherous, tumbledown, unaccountable, unbalanced, uncertain, uncontrolled, undependable, undisciplined, unequable, unequal, uneven, unfaithworthy, unfixed, unhealthy, unmethodical, unmetrical, unorthodox, unpredictable, unregular, unreliable, unrestrained, unrhythmical, unsafe, unsettled, unsolid, unsound, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsubstantial, unsure, unsystematic, untrustworthy, ununiform, vacillating, vagrant, variable, variegated, variform, various, varying, veering, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile, wandering, wanton, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayward, whimsical, wishy-washy, wobbling, wobbly
- IPA: /ǝn'stɛdı/
- Rhymes: -ɛdi
Created by adding the prefix un- to steady. Like steady, the word first appeared in English around 1530. The word is comparable to the Old Frisian onstedich, the Low German unstadig etc.
- The translations below need to be checked.