adj. shak·i·er, shak·i·est
1. Trembling or quivering; tremulous: a shaky voice.
2. Lacking soundness or sturdiness, as of construction: a shaky table.
a. Not to be depended on; precarious: a shaky alliance.
b. Wavering in firmness: a shaky belief.
c. Open to question or doubt: shaky evidence.
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