shaky

shaky
UK [ˈʃeɪkɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "shaky":
adjective shaky comparative shakier superlative shakiest
1)
a) feeling weak or unable to walk or move without shaking, for example because you are very ill
b) not firm and likely to fall

Be careful – the table is a bit shaky.

2) lacking the knowledge or skill to do something well

My French is a bit shaky.

3) likely to fail or be unsuccessful

They invested in a shaky business venture.


Derived words:
shakily
adverb
shakiness
noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.

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