Etymology: Middle English stedy, from stede
Date: 14th century
a. direct or sure in movement ; unfaltering <a steady hand> b. firm in position ; fixed <held the pole steady> c. keeping nearly upright in a seaway <a steady ship> 2. showing little variation or fluctuation ; stable, uniform <a steady breeze> <steady prices> 3. a. not easily disturbed or upset <steady nerves> b. (1) constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment <steady friends> (2) dependable c. not given to dissipation ; sober • steadily adverb • steadiness noun Synonyms: steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement <steady progress>. even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character <an even distribution>. equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes <maintain an equable temper>. II. verb (steadied; steadying) Date: 1530 transitive verb to make or keep steady intransitive verb to become steady • steadier noun III. adverb Date: circa 1605 1. in a steady manner ; steadily 2. on the course set — used as a direction to the helmsman of a ship IV. noun (plural steadies) Date: 1792 one that is steady; specifically a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom one goes steady
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.