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on an even keel

[ keel ]SEE DEFINITION OF on an even keel

Synonyms for on an even keel

  • constantly
  • smoothly
  • steadily
  • uniformly
  • fluently
  • levelly
  • placidly
  • regularly
  • straight
  • tranquilly
  • unvaryingly
  • without bumps
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Antonyms for on an even keel

  • inequitably
  • irregularly
  • roughly
  • unevenly
  • unfairly
  • unjustly
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WORD ORIGIN

"lowest timber of a ship or boat," mid-14c., probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kjölr "keel," Danish kjøl, Swedish köl, from Proto-Germanic *keluz, of uncertain origin. Some etymologists say this is unconnected with the keel that means "a ship, barge," which also is the root of Middle Dutch kiel "ship," Old English ceol "ship's prow," Old High German kiel, German Kiel "ship," but the two words have influenced each other. Barnhart, however, calls them cognates. This other word is said to be from Proto-Germanic *keula, from PIE *geul- "rounded vessel." Keel still is used locally in England and U.S. for "flat-bottomed boat," especially on the Tyne.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ON AN EVEN KEEL

evenly

adverbon an even plane
  • constantly
  • fluently
  • levelly
  • on an even keel
  • placidly
  • regularly
  • smoothly
  • steadily
  • straight
  • tranquilly
  • uniformly
  • unvaryingly
  • without bumps
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.