steady[ sted-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF steady
Synonyms for steady
- set in stone
- solid as a rock
Antonyms for steady
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEADY
She stopped the running and meditated with a steady, hard deliberation.
His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.
Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.
In the next room the voices of the four were a steady, rumbling murmur.
That sort o' trade, ye see, miss, the demand's not steady in it.
As he grows weary, he grasps the straps on either side to steady him.
A steady hand and a true eye, boys; so let two quarts be a bowman's portion.
One might still have friends, big and strong, steady of eye and voice.
Dear K., with his steady eyes and his long surgeon's fingers!
They should have a company of older men here who have seen service to steady them.
1520s (replacing earlier steadfast), from stead + adjectival suffix -y (2), perhaps on model of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German stadig. Old English had stæððig "grave, serious," and stedig "barren," but neither seems to be the direct source of the modern word. Old Norse cognate stoðugr "steady, stable" was closer in sense.
Originally of things; of persons or minds from c.1600. Meaning "working at an even rate" is first recorded in 1540s. Steady progress is etymologically a contradiction in terms. Steady state first attested 1885; as a cosmological theory (propounded by Bondi, Gold, and Hoyle), it is attested from 1948.