From Middle English stede, stedi, stidiʒ, from Old English stæþþiġ, from stæþ (“stead, bank”); equivalent to stathe + -y or stead + -y. Cognate with West Frisian stadich (“slow”), Danish stedig, stadig, steeg, Swedish stadig, Icelandic stöðugur, Middle Dutch stedigh, German stätig, stetig.
- Firm in standing or position; not tottering or shaking; fixed; firm.
- Hold the ladder steady while I go up.
- (Can we date this quote by Sir Philip Sidney and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- 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, page 0105:
- 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.
- 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 […]
- Smooth and not bumpy or with obstructions.
- a steady ride
- Regular and even.
- the steady course of the Sun; a steady breeze of wind
- (firm): robust, solid, untottering
- (constant in purpose or action): dogged, staunch, unyielding; see also Thesaurus:obstinate
- (smooth, not bumpy): fluid
- (regular and even): constant, uniform, unvarying; see also Thesaurus:steady
- (slow): glacial, ponderous, stately; see also Thesaurus:slow
- To stabilize something; to prevent from shaking.
steady (plural steadies)
- A rest or support, as for the hand, a tool, or a piece of work.
- (informal) A regular boyfriend or girlfriend.
- (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)
- (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.
- steady in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- steady in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- steady at OneLook Dictionary Search