Etymology
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shaky (adj.)

"trembling, unsteady," in any sense, by 1834 ("uncertain, of questionable integrity"); by 1840 of handwriting; 1841 of persons, horses, and credit; 1850 of structures; from shake (v.) + -y (2). Earliest use is in reference to trees or logs, "split, having fissures" (1808), the cracks being also called shakes. Related: Shakily; shakiness.

updated on July 26, 2022

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