1 stable, firm, solid, substantial, sound, stout, strong:
Is this chair steady enough to stand on?
2 even, regular, uniform, habitual, invariable, unvarying, unfluctuating, unwavering, undeviating, changeless, unchanging, continuous, constant; perpetual, non-stop, round-the-clock, persistent, uninterrupted, unbroken, unrelieved, unceasing, ceaseless, incessant, relentless, unremitting, never-ending, unending, endless:
Steady trade winds could be relied on to carry vessels to the Caribbean. Inflation has remained steady for a year. How do the children manage to survive on a steady diet of junk food? The economists fear a steady rise in inflation.
3 unflinching, unblinking, fixed, constant, unfaltering, continuous, direct:
The boy began to quail under the headmaster's steady gaze.
4 calm, cool, balanced, equable, controlled:
Steady nerves are needed to handle this new breed of fighter plane.
5 devoted, firm, staunch, faithful, loyal, long-standing, inveterate, consistent, confirmed, persistent:
The Pendergasts have always been steady supporters of the museum.
6 staid, sedate, sober, dignified, poised, sophisticated, civilized, sensible, down-to-earth, settled, serious, level-headed, reliable, Colloq unflappable:
WANTED: Steady person as housekeeper to eccentric editor.
7 firmly, solidly:
His wife was holding the ladder steady while he mended the gutter.
8 go steady. keep company, date, socialize:
Is Jane still going steady with Hubert?
9 boyfriend, girlfriend, (regular) fellow or girl, sweetheart, Colloq guy, gal, woman, man:
Yes, Hubert is still Jane's steady.
10 regular, habitué, customer, frequenter, familiar face:
Gil has been a steady here ever since we opened.
11 stabilize, hold fast; brace, secure, support, strengthen:
Prices steadied after the first hour of trading. To steady the table, merely tighten the screws holding the legs.