Synonym of unsteady

Alternative for unsteady

unsteadier, unsteadiest

Synonym: unreliable, unsafe, unsound, unstable, unsure, weak,

Antonym: steady,

Adjective

Not securely fixed
unstable shaky rickety unsafe wobbly insecure rocky tottering precarious shaking teetering unbalanced unreliable wobbling tottery unfastened unsecured feeble movable teetery unsound quivery shifting trembling trembly tremulous wabbly wayward wiggly not secure wavering quivering weak flimsy quaking frail shuddering wabbling staggering shuddery quavery aquiver atremble wonky doddery doddering lurching vacillating ramshackle decrepit shivering fragile vibrating jerry-built dodgy reeling bockety quavering rocking swaying infirm rattletrap tricky vulnerable slippery fluctuant unsure insubstantial shambling dilapidated palpitating jittery shuffling perilous spindly broken-down dizzy ticklish hazardous unwell wavy tumbledown floundering weaving disintegrating loose unsettled broken decaying crumbling moving mobile exposed nervous delicate rumpty defenseless not fixed rootless defenceless dangerous shivery uncertain faltering tentative stumbling rolling fluctuating nonsecured groggy woozy fitful twinkling guttering failing sick inconstant sickly ill doubtful awry unguarded unprotected derelict flickering titubant jellylike ashake yielding unfirm tremorous aquake uneven parlous juddering on its last legs iffy jumpy fluttering defective shifty suspect imperfect ruinous rotten damaged not set all aquiver breakable giddy lubricious risky rachitic geriatric tumble-down shacky shambly aflutter not stable not robust not solid in poor condition not safe floating frangible excited aspen tremulant cowardly touch and go unsubstantial not fixed in place slack slackened lax relaxed loosened wispy sensitive brittle tender wiggling falling to pieces all of a tremble easily broken slight endangered immature easily damaged at risk

Adjective

Feeling physically or mentally off-balance
dizzy giddy faint reeling shaky staggering wobbly groggy punch-drunk vertiginous woozy swimming tottering teetering lightheaded at sea light-headed off-balance slap-happy off balance weak-kneed with legs like jelly with rubbery legs weak in the knees weak at the knees muzzy dazed punchy hazy weak whirling dopey confused swimmy muddled slaphappy stupefied tipsy gaga stunned befuddled bewildered aswoon distracted puzzled trembly bemused addled silly dazzled fogged dopy muddleheaded spacey raddled pixillated pixilated zonked spaced spacy quivery staggered mixed-up spaced-out zonked-out all of a quiver disorientated confounded dumbfounded bedeviled befogged addlepated addle bushed unstable all of a tremble light shell-shocked bedevilled not with it out of it fuddled tired woolly disoriented faltering nauseous wooly queasy upset blind disturbed dumb blinded woolly-headed unbalanced unsettled out of control baffled perplexed dumbstruck rocky nauseated like jelly lost rattled agog flustered delirious senile empty-headed exhausted addlebrained queer funny fatigued drooping enervated swooning ditzy volatile weak-headed light in the head seeing stars tremulous trembling languid lethargic fragile doddery stuporous vague benumbed numb discombobulated slow bleary swaying sleepy drunken in a stupor stumped nonplussed mixed up flummoxed fazed fuzzy taken aback foggy mystified disconcerted bamboozled speechless startled surprised all at sea at sixes and sevens thrown off balance thrown numbed floored breathless at a loss dismayed overcome overwhelmed aghast insensible drugged dreamy frozen shaken unhinged disorganized demented deranged disorganised astonished unglued gone astounded wildered mazed absent-minded shook up fouled up gobsmacked out to lunch eccentric senseless misty shadowy blurred woolly-minded drowsy inattentive trippy stupid cold half-asleep daft puckish touched impish prankish capricious whimsical pixyish tranced maladjusted distraught clueless unfeeling foolish intoxicated preoccupied unnerved discomposed troubled discomfited flabbergasted engrossed insensitive come apart beaten shaken up shook awed agape shocked uncertain bowled over thunderstruck awe-struck in a dither paralyzed deadened unresponsive paralysed balled up blown away dead torpid asleep not knowing if you are coming or going anaesthetized immobilized addle-brained glassy-eyed psychotic muddle-headed spaced out shot to pieces crazy screwy not knowing if one is coming or going irrational unsound with Alzheimer's disease whacko out-of-joint unscrewed anesthetized immobilised wooden

Adjective

Quick or likely to change consistently
unpredictable variable volatile changeable fickle unstable erratic inconstant impulsive quicksilver flighty vacillating capricious excitable fluctuating irrepressible mercurial wavering fluid inconsistent mutable protean temperamental whimsical changeful flickery irregular kaleidoscopic moody skittish uncertain unsettled wayward active elastic flaky flakey giddy labile movable bipolar changing desultory jerky mobile undependable unreliable varying ever-changing yo-yo up-and-down up and down up in the air blowing hot and cold shifting uneven fitful fluctuant chameleonic chameleon-like turbulent unequal oscillating vagarious full of ups and downs swaying unfixed irresolute waffling random flexible floating variational spasmodic iffy peaky moving wild alterable indefinite versatile adaptable freakish alternating deviating scattershot impermanent arbitrary shifty dubious wandering roving rambling haphazard unbalanced tempestuous faithless fluky varied everchanging flickering intermittent inexact chancy polymorphous many-sided multiform stayless adjustable ever-shifting evolving not constant quirky dynamic ephemeral transitory explosive knife-edge unequable patchy irrational eccentric frivolous subject to change likely to change slippery ungovernable faddish nonuniform sporadic untrustworthy momentary transient fleeting contradictory chance episodic altering meandering directionless ambiguous unsound suspect weaving doubtful unsteadfast crotchety discontinuous developing unmethodical growing episodical dicey undirected incalculable nomadic ever-moving short-lived paradoxical tottering not fixed incompatible contrary conflicting self-contradictory in a state of change discordant incongruous irreconcilable incoherent discrepant vicissitudinous warring lubricious illogical dissonant incongruent transitional restless variant irresponsible vagrant revocable commutative transformable agitated reversible indecisive at odds vacillant staggering vibrating in conflict at variance out of step malleable pliable modifiable nonimmutable rescindable reckless untrue disreputable not conscientious undoable progressive always changing adaptive exchangeable permutable convertible transposable interchangeable replaceable easily fiddled easily falsified easily distorted easily interfered with easily misrepresented easily tinkered with easily altered easily tampered with easily fudged easily doctored easily corrupted

Adjective

That does not recur periodically
aperiodic episodic episodical erratic intermittent irregular occasional spasmodic sporadic fitful spotty choppy discontinuous spastic casual catchy uneven patchy periodic random disconnected desultory on and off broken infrequent variable fluctuating scattered interrupted unstable inconsistent odd isolated changeable periodical hit-or-miss inconstant in fits and starts jerky shifting uncertain varying on-and-off wavering changing on-again-off-again on again and off again unsettled unequal capricious haphazard disrupted fragmentary scattershot shaky disjointed recurrent recurring rare uncommon alternate seldom cyclical seasonal scarce unfrequent few off and on bitty disturbed broken up impulsive restless convulsive unpredictable spurtive twitching semioccasional impermanent flickering rambling freelance outsourced outside wandering intervallic bits and pieces fits and starts in bits and pieces herky-jerky part-time gaping unconnected inchoate incohesive muddled unorganized disordered incoherent unorganised incidental sometime cyclic punctuated continual exclusive exceptional unusual particular especial chance specific special stop-go isochronal epochal checked stop-and-go iterative rhythmical arrested metrical discontinuing isochronous iterant rhythmic alternating serial not habitual few and far between volatile by bits and pieces here and there every other now and then unreliable unsystematic nonuniform unmethodical indiscriminate eccentric designless aimless unpunctual purposeless unconsidered ever-changing up and down off-and-on non-periodic sparse limited scanty scant thin on the ground meagre meager thin unwonted out of the common unaccustomed paltry out of the ordinary abnormal short deficient exiguous in short supply hard to come by at a premium unexpected insufficient negligible unique stray skimpy stingy uncustomary repeated regular hard to find atypical unlikely aberrated aberrant anomalous surprising accidental unconventional rarefied unorthodox habitual steady constant frequent unheard of inconsiderable arbitrary lacking inadequate slender freak like gold dust strange middling every so often light catch-as-catch-can extraordinary straggling piddling trifling lean inconsequential imperceptible minute at fixed intervals singular every once in a while low in numbers helter-skelter inconceivable seldom seen discrete strewn widespread on-again, off-again temporary self-employed outré lone single not frequent uncharacteristic fortuitous fluky contingent minimal minimum nominal marginal small insignificant inappreciable wanting nugatory measly token chaotic loose sketchy basal unthinking slapdash offhand jobbing unfocused orderless next to none next to no shy low poor spare skimp slim sparing hand-to-mouth too little not enough scrubby thinly distributed dispersed bare slight scrimpy seldom met with truncated threatened shortened not to be had failing not to be had for love nor money without purpose curious weird queer different orbital annual perennial weekly routine yearly continuing daily monthly hourly centennial once in a blue moon peculiar unfamiliar as scarce as hens' teeth offbeat novel bizarre on certain occasions at various times unthinkable unimaginable subtile flimsy outstanding subtle towering tenuous remarkable preeminent attenuate attenuated magnificent recherche standout freakish quirky outlandish deviant oddball exceeding off-centre funny something else incredible phenomenal left-field out of the way alien freaky off the wall preternatural conspicuous out-of-the-way way out less widely spaced in the minority seldom found

Adjective

Dangerous or full of peril
perilous dangerous hazardous risky unsafe parlous exposed hairy precarious threatening vulnerable chancy critical desperate dicey difficult grave grievous insecure jeopardising jeopardizing menacing problematic serious treacherous uncertain unhealthy unsure delicate dynamite gnarly loaded shaky terrifying ticklish touchy unsound unstable wicked at risk touch-and-go fraught with danger touch and go unreliable wobbly hanging by a thread rocky undependable dodgy slippery on thin ice dubious tricky unsettled iffy doubtful shonky venturesome built on sand unsecure trying troubled extreme death-defying rugged in danger in jeopardy Russian roulette playing with fire up and down not easy defenceless life-threatening high-risk malignant harmful toxic injurious threatened destructive unpredictable unprotected explosive alarming defenseless tottering erratic on a limb open to attack fearsome rickety untrustworthy hanging in the balance on a slippery slope out on a limb sticky problematical unchancy thorny speculative jeopardous awkward sensitive volatile endangered hot lethal nasty capricious ugly combustible deadly fatal wide-open inflammable not safe exigent daring prickly tricksy tough catchy knotty spiny ominous haphazard tight unclear taxing suspenseful cliffhanging fluctuant scary incalculable reckless unknown long shot on slippery ground daredevil flammable in the balance disappearing in peril dying out breakneck unguarded ill-protected unshielded deathly unlocked assailable undefended warned imperiled jeopardized ignitable burnable incendiary dangersome pregnable unfastened unsecured unbolted turbulent eruptive disastrous charged tense full of upheavals inflammatory potentially violent in turmoil fiery ignitible combustive incurable severe capital acute poisonous mortal overwrought worrying anxious strained stressful volcanic jeopardised imperilled very dangerous nerve-racking highly charged knife-edge

Adjective

Feeling worried and uneasy
restless troubled anxious uneasy agitated flustered restive tense unnerved disturbed fidgety shaken worried disconcerted discomposed disquieted fretful perturbed ruffled uncomfortable alarmed apprehensive bothered concerned confused dismayed edgy nervous rattled shaky thrown upset wired distressed fazed insecure stressy antsy ill at ease on edge shook up jumpy jittery nervy uptight unsettled strung out unquiet twitchy impatient fidgeting fitful unrestful turbulent worked up keyed up unpeaceful irresolute on tenterhooks like a cat on hot bricks bundle of nerves exasperated on pins and needles queazy goosey aflutter dithery atwitter hinky queasy intermittent hung up footloose active unstable hurried roving transient sleepless spasmodic unruly nomadic tossing and turning bustling itchy inconstant wandering het up changeable like a cat on a hot tin roof stressed overwrought overstrung strained toey fearful in a tizzy strung up in a state spooky excitable hyper spooked high-strung scared frightened squirrelly windy excited in a state of agitation highly strung wrought up in a tizz all of a dither in a state of nerves in a stew in a flap in a sweat taut in a twitter irritable having kittens all of a lather afraid neurotic panicky adrenalized shy sensitive in a twit skittish embarrassed flurried self-conscious unrelaxed hysterical awkward worried sick touchy discomfited discombobulated irascible all of a doodah bricking oneself timid distraught in a dither in suspense a bundle of nerves beside oneself trembling hesitant shaking peevish angsty vexed in a cold sweat timorous frantic febrile bashful fluttery like a fish out of water quivering quaking brittle out of place fractious distracted testy uncertain tetchy suspicious wound up nervous wreck stressed out crotchety unglued crabbed tormented querulous ornery bad-tempered short-tempered under stress captious perverse ill-tempered critical waiting with bated breath hot and bothered cross annoyed skittery retiring trepidatious wriggly squirmy temperamental fevered white-knuckled wiggly unsure careful weak petulant complaining overanxious grumpy under a strain shivery ill-natured fretting recalcitrant doubtful crabby wreck anguished refractory ratty clutched harassed splenetic frenzied up the wall perplexed waiting for the axe to fall cranky moved snappish overactive hectic heated feverish hyperactive in turmoil angstful solicitous chippy prickly bugged hot-tempered quick-tempered shot to pieces huffy mean snappy a wreck in a spin with one's stomach in knots with butterflies in one's stomach in a flat spin with one's heart in one's mouth eager manic discountenanced jerky fussy flighty inhibited faltering unnatural gauche stimulated stoked jazzed under pressure disorderly blushing shrinking frazzled easily upset wavering unbalanced graceless mousy restlessly moving distrustful pressured disorientated highly-strung pumped-up moving shot choked easily frightened easily agitated mentally unsettled angry galled chafed watchful reserved introverted aghast dreading white knuckled disoriented bewildered hassled fraught oversensitive moody inflamed obstinate stubborn unyielding withdrawn beset irked riled strange lost a basket case sweating bullets palpitant wrung having butterflies in the stomach tortured plagued stirred up flapping discomforted unconfident muddled hot under the collar all of a flutter in a panic in a lather aroused all nerves anxiously waiting nervously awaiting fearfully anticipating apprehensively expecting worried stiff champing at the bit foreboding terrified mistrustful stiff shaking in one's shoes confined having cabin fever lacking social skills tongue-tied on the qui vive frozen creepy frisky miserable lily-livered running scared having stage fright biting nails having butterflies having cold feet having a funny feeling angst-ridden overexcited stir-crazy unhappy desperate out of sorts whining grumbling all wound up nerve-racking stressful nail-biting feeling anxious wrought-up contrary caviling faultfinding carping tooshie swivel-eyed nerves on edge emotional freaked-out overwhelmed wound-up crazy high keyed-up affected fired-up hot-and-bothered stirred weary strung-out worn worked-up unstrung tired spent cavilling grouchy throwing a wobbly beside yourself steamed up flipped out out of your mind hot under collar at the end of your tether all shook up pettish cantankerous ill-humoured waspish curmudgeonly disagreeable shrewish in a mood peppery crusty scratchy liverish bilious dyspeptic cross-grained choleric short-fused narky peckish eggy soreheaded stroppy shirty in a bad mood as cross as two sticks froward miffy waxy snaky thin-skinned like a bear with a sore head on a short fuse indomitable ill-humored scrappy uncompliant having got out of bed the wrong side indocile wild

Adjective

Undecided or unsure of how to act
irresolute indecisive doubtful tentative hesitant undecided vacillating wavering hesitating fickle infirm equivocating nervous ambivalent dithering divided shilly-shallying teetering faltering fluctuating torn uncertain uncommitted undetermined unresolved unsettled unsure changing doubting fearful halfhearted halting iffy shaky unstable waffling weak wobbly weak-minded on-the-fence wishy-washy hot-and-cold in doubt in two minds sitting on the fence weak-kneed blowing hot and cold in a quandary full of doubt in a dilemma of two minds variable irresoluteoscillating trembling quivering flickering wobbling shaking cautious timid diffident backward unconfident shy reluctant disinclined vacillatory indefinite equivocal dubious unclear sceptical skeptical on the fence vague unconvinced noncommittal split not sure hemming and hawing oscillating distrustful mistrustful slow trustless ambiguous suspicious pending on the horns of a dilemma up in the air hinky open unconfirmed vacillant unpredictable volatile betwixt and between running hot and cold changeable hazy confused indeterminate leery debatable unfinished delaying half-hearted stumbling loath unwilling afraid uneager dawdling averse lazy hanging back lacking confidence yet to be decided broken stammering inconstant floating inconclusive dilly-dallying perplexed pussyfooting agnostic faithless neutral speculative incomplete ongoing unanswered unconcluded pendulous humming and hawing incalculable borderline hedging your bets in the middle unknown hot and cold in the balance unable to decide like doubting Thomas touch and go to be decided in a state of uncertainty in limbo shilly-shally without belief unassertive vexed shillyshallying erratic unsolved insecure uneventful astraddle contradictory conflicting mixed fluctuant clashing warring opposing conflicted muddled opposed impartial not definite in a state of limbo changeful cagey reticent indisposed unascertained giddy unestablished loth cagy unsavoury fly-by-night unsavory questioning unassured chancy untrusty swithering unidentified unspecified unheard of abeyant unproven undiscovered unfamiliar pendent stalling havering hanging cunctatory having misgivings having qualms stuttering obscure indistinct inexplicit imprecise imperfect unforeseeable inexact indistinguishable perplexing abstruse undefined mysterious cryptic puzzling arcane confusing muffled dicey intangible indiscernible dodgy shadowy awkward laboured disjointed elusive open to question ill-defined non-fluent bumbling inept unhandy claudicant lumbering ham-fisted labored gauche ham-handed wooden maladroit clumsy

Adjective

(colloquial) Weak in character, lacking determination or willpower
soft weak weakened meek wimpy wimpish prostrate prostrated frail fragile fatigued lackadaisical listless passionless sick sickly sluggish tepid unenthusiastic unexcited unhealthy unfit uninterested unwell unwilling weakly weary tired strengthless spindly spent shaky languorous indisposed incapacitated ill helpless enfeebled exhausted blasé apathetic ailing anaemic anemic feeble enervated debilitated asthenic sapped softened limp untrained infirm languid out of shape rickety effete faint delicate depleted drained decrepit poorly tender bedridden unsound wasted down-and-out in poor health laid low groggy tottery crook trembly failing sensitive unstable bad lousy rotten doddering doddery irresolute wobbly down beat pooped tottering faltering unsubstantial low insecure wavering slight vacillating indecisive below par off-color sick as a dog out of gas run down worn-out low-energy burned out worn out under the weather run-down out of sorts broken-down laid-up tuckered out out-of-action a wreck out of commission tired out halting flimsy sensile anile lame in declining health puny weedy crippled emasculated invalid insubstantial tenuous valetudinarian vitiated sapless pathetic meager meagre slender small scrawny lacklustre poor lackluster shattery wispy shatterable brittle dainty fracturable thin fishy susceptible nesh powerless impotent debile etiolated shilpit sickened trembling peaky diseased peaked pallid punk dopey gentle flat aged insufficient flabby woozy half-hearted washed out in ill health in poor shape out of action dragging ill-looking in poor condition in a decline out of condition

Adjective

Behaving badly, with a lack of self-control
undisciplined unruly wayward disobedient disorderly obstreperous uncontrolled wild wilful delinquent disruptive insubordinate intractable naughty perverse recalcitrant refractory unrestrained attention-seeking contrary errant mutinous rebellious turbulent untrained badly behaved capricious uncontrollable ungovernable unschooled bolshie contumacious stroppy defiant headstrong inconsistent mischievous noncompliant out of control out of hand riotous ungoverned unmanageable lacking self-control rowdy fractious difficult willful boisterous froward stubborn lawless untoward irrepressible rough uncooperative violent restive noisy troublesome incompliant balky rebel recusant obstinate incorrigible unbridled unconstrained awkward intemperate abandoned chaotic unchecked self-willed ill-disciplined uninhibited unbounded uproarious anarchic rampant obdurate raucous loud troublemaking incontrollable indocile rumbustious unhampered uncurbed unhindered unbiddable immoderate rollicking impetuous rascally rude uncompliant roguish roisterous rambunctious clamorous unfettered runaway untrammelled unrestricted non-compliant reckless rampageous impish uncontainable raw misbehaving indomitable wanton unyielding unrestrainable tough unsuppressed undisciplinable untrammeled hysterical exasperating problematic free tumultuous mean knockabout impossible rackety robustious lawbreaking hell-raising insurgent annoying truculent disturbing full-on ugly unimpeded bad quarrelsome licentious rash trying independent ornery badly-behaved upsetting unconventional aggressive exuberant pervicacious inconvenient seditious pugnacious unlimited lively unaccommodating hard belligerent resistant unconfined insuppressible vociferous rip-roaring excessive unsettling unwilling roistering excited renitent rioting irritating romping unpredictable obstinately disobedient bothersome unquenchable unstoppable outrageous brawling anarchical profligate bold loose heedless incontinent erratic vexatious crazy madcap berserk insurrectionary cantankerous tiresome demanding irksome impulsive impervious imprudent forward assertive drunken opinionated bawdy inexorable playful loudmouthed out-of-line bloody-minded running wild impotent out-of-order thorny wrong wicked mulish immoral tricksy brattish scampish puckish prankish self-indulgent fiendish gallus out of line impudent insolent ill-behaved unpliable pesky nasty troublous wearisome frenzied devilish argumentative full of mischief unsubduable nonobservant brutal resistive robust loutish vicious limit untamed irresponsible untameable distracting extrovert roughhouse thuggish swaggering swashbuckling cavalier unconcealed crazed rabid enthusiastic divisive fickle corybantic incautious irrational active animated two-fisted rugged factious dissentious treacherous disaffected uncomplying antisocial thrilled raving overexcited bouncy without law and order nuts insurmountable disrupting off-base radge ebullient spirited vibrant frisky high-spirited unlawful giddy flighty wild and woolly individualistic freethinking maverick strong overwhelming intense freaked overpowering resisting insubmissive radical opposing withstanding unbearable undependable intolerable indisciplined deranged disorganised turbid hedonistic uncontained helter-skelter disorganized disordered revolutionary unreasonable aberrant arbitrary artful termagant causing trouble liberated beside oneself drunk misbehaved cross-grained strong-willed in high spirits clangorous like a loose cannon tempestuous unbending out-of-control dysfunctional raunchy kiddish infantile ill-natured sly frolicsome foxy ruffianly thoughtless immature childish inconsiderate disrespectful rampaging freewheeling individual effervescent strident energetic vociferant over-the-top fast and loose impolite on-a-tear inflexible bull-headed uncompromising incurable inordinate unshackled sinful untimely unfortunate adverse stiff-necked intransigent unmalleable unadaptable natural boundless teasing worthless decontrolled unregimented whiny petulant evil rock-ribbed inopportune unfavorable unfavourable unbound footloose piercing screaming booming strepitous blusterous bellicose confrontational combative unrepressed unanticipated ill-timed unexpected raising Cain insoluble hard-line pat pigheaded locked resolute immovable tenacious knotty pertinacious socially impaired hot-tempered disturbed fierce hostile maladjusted scrappy free-spirited spontaneous dissolute frank flamboyant candid audacious impertinent extravagant indiscriminate blunt saturnalian plenary open exaggerated bizarre limitless bad-mannered raising the roof sullen malicious peevish unforeseen disastrous unusual surprising unpredicted mistimed worrying worrisome locked in tough nut hang tough taxing unlucky unwelcome infelicitous inauspicious inapt unsuitable inappropriate tricky vexing perturbing nagging distressing inimical malapropos badly timed unseasonable furious niggling maddening infuriating unpropitious misfortunate unpleasant hapless ill-starred star-crossed luckless plaguy pestiferous arduous concerning pestilential oppressive harassing unsubmissive burdensome disquieting discomposing troubling aggravating laborious discomforting importunate pestilent not controlled murder heavy uphill infestive dangerous alarming damaging painful repressive messy adamant dogged unrelenting hardheaded determined bullheaded implacable firm adamantine hard-nosed hardened steadfast relentless rigid single-minded inconvincible ossified self-opinionated persistent cussed indurate fixed unwavering unpersuadable unshakeable strict iron-willed unflinching strong-minded grim contrarious stubborn as a mule persevering stiff thrawn harsh unshakable rigorous stringent disobliging obstructive severe dissident iron hardline set in one's ways diehard unhelpful stern steely dissentient nonconformist hard-core remorseless brassbound pig-headed draconian exacting staunch hard and fast unswayable pitiless wrong-headed unbendable deaf to reason militant antagonistic authoritarian challenging negative resolved prickly extreme unsparing die-hard drastic unrepentant hard-boiled merciless touchy austere unsympathetic heavy-handed no-nonsense dyed-in-the-wool alienated dogmatic not giving an inch dead set on malcontent standing one's ground haughty purposeful contentious blinkered stalwart iconoclastic picky subversive nonconforming dour undeviating insistent mule insurrectionist dissenting uptight disciplinary cast-iron unresponsive disputatious threatening unmovable ruthless decided heady sharp solid unfaltering unmoved unappeasable dead set stony cruel domineering crabby iron-fisted sensitive immutable irritable hardhearted as stubborn as a mule delicate opinionative feisty chippy callous unsentimental tyrannical set in stone unforgiving cool stand pat hard to handle hard-hearted hard-bitten estranged irreconcilable unconverted unreformed biased illogical renegade inveterate unbudgeable cross intent morose malevolent maleficent spiteful malign assiduous indefatigable tireless forceful narrow-minded shrewish heretical prejudiced intolerant stiffened negativistic averse loath reluctant indisposed hesitant decisive pushy mullish hidebound up in arms with a will of one's own determined to have one's own way unregenerate unalterable apostate schismatic traitorous unorthodox mutinying durable immalleable unbreakable unreceptive boneheaded ungiving unchangeable convinced unimpressible aloof proud inalterable forbidding illiberal bullhead uncompassionate unemotional daring provocative disloyal hard-shell locked-in cold fish proof against persuasion hanging tough problem puritanical invariable with one's feet dug in with one's toes dug in contrariant discordant arsey paradoxical disagreeing unflexible crisp doctrinaire restless anarchistic warring armed sabotaging treasonable attacking set tough nut to crack set in your ways wrongheaded antipathetic converse stuffy unpermissive do or die hold one's ground dug in hold the fort standing pat hard as nails sticking to one's guns hold the line disciplinarian ascetical by the book absolute pressing astringent uncharitable imperious dire browbeating formidable ascetic autocratic grave anti overbearing unamenable hard to please fussy sassy gutsy disregardful cheeky dareful fastidious boorish finicky flinty hard-hitting against opposed ready for a fight categorical cramped complex bulky discommodious incommodious disagreeable oafish bearish irascible discontented dissatisfied spoiling for a fight cold testy choosy snappy temperamental querulous critical grumbly uncaring ferocious brick-wall vexed captious disputative hypercritical huffy overcritical particular over-particular dictatorial ungracious finical invidious crotchety uppity sour hard to satisfy perfectionist difficult to handle desperate ramrod hostile to averse to inimical to opposed to ticklish puzzling baffling stony-hearted hard-shelled unfailing undying perplexing sharp-witted clear-sighted shrewd smart canny savvy clear-eyed knowing astute unenthusiastic about grievous onerous sticky intricate catchy everlasting enduring inextinguishable eternal unfading undue punishing punitive crippling bitter hardhanded disinclined to accept reluctant to accept unwilling to accept dead set against problematical hairy mystifying exorbitant unconscionable swingeing towering unmerciful searing murderous excruciating overweening steep imperishable lasting unremitting indestructible constant unconcerned indifferent oblivious overextravagant insane plethoric baroque overmuch overdue inhuman dodgy spiny level-headed rational logical businesslike sober sensible great unhearing unmoved by unconcerned with insensible to unaffected by unconscious of impervious to dispassionate about oblivious to deaf unresponsive to unaware untouched by indifferent to unaware of unmindful of unaffected heedless of to listen blind

Adjective

Under the influence of a substance, especially alcohol
inebriated drunk wasted plastered hammered tipsy intoxicated stoned wrecked bladdered blotto high blatted blitzed bombed legless smashed steaming inebriate sozzled drunken lashed mullered broken kaylied langered paralytic trashed canned mashed ossified ratted soaked loaded slaughtered steamboats trolleyed befuddled blasted buzzed merry pickled ripped sloshed sottish soused squiffy stewed tiddly totaled zonked bacchic besotted bevvied blind boozy cockeyed crocked flying foxed fried gassed impaired jacked juiced lit looped oiled potted slang sotted squiffed stiff stinking tanked tight wet babalas bibulous crapulent crapulous drinking dronkverdriet ebriate intemperate irrigated beery dazed fuddled geeked glazed gone groggy happy reeling sauced schnockered screwed sodden spaced tippling tripping woozy stukkend tanked up under the influence boozed-up blind drunk boozed up drunk as a lord hopped-up off your face out of it spaced-out liquored up lit up pie-eyed roaring drunk slightly drunk strung out under the table worse for drink worse for wear zonked-out dead drunk drunk as a skunk gin-soaked gin-sodden half cut half-seas over hard-drinking high as a kite rolling drunk tanked-up well oiled half-cut half seas over out to it rat-arsed red-nosed spaced out three sheets to the wind under the influence of intoxicating liquor well away well-oiled blown-up in one's cups in the bag in your cups on a trip one over the eight under the weather wiped out burned-out the worse for drink Brahms and Liszt dead to the world seeing double feeling good feeling no pain half-crocked half in the bag three sheets in the wind hooched up tired and emotional off one's face out of one's head out of one's skull out of one's box out of one's gourd mellow elevated addled bashed flushed stinko cut two sheets to the wind fou maudlin incapable toping monged laced pixilated muddled wired guttered steamed monged out cock-eyed full shickered shot polluted munted inked lekker ebrious ebriose lush having had a skinful grogged up having had one over the eight as full as a goog as tight as a tick in faced crock swacked zoned elephants sat stupefied boozed Adrian Quist alcoholic boozing blazed demolished cooked baked drugged doped obliterated snockered unsober sloppy tied one on dead-drunk drunked up plowed out off one's head drunk as a fiddler pixillated ploughed punchy tiddled bibacious full of well-being tozy-mozy

Adjective

Requiring great skill or finesse in handling or treatment
ticklish delicate difficult sensitive tricky problematic thorny awkward knotty prickly tough trying controversial dodgy sticky taxing touchy bothersome catchy complex complicated concerning critical hairy involved irksome nasty nice problematical risky spiny tricksy troublesome uncertain upsetting vexatious worrying convoluted intricate unstable vexed capricious chancy changeable dangerous fickle hard inconstant mercurial precarious rocky temperamental variable volatile perplexing dicey baffling embarrassing uncomfortable unpleasant puzzling iffy touch-and-go hazardous perilous gnarly unpredictable contentious nettlesome emotive challenging questionable distressing rough disturbing dubious compromising humiliating unsafe paradoxical unfathomable mystifying impenetrable high-risk cringeworthy pointed briery disconcerting unchancy parlous cringey formidable tight painful impossible cringe-making bleak dire fraught with danger onerous forbidding arduous grim grievous awful punishing dark disagreeable worrisome unfriendly bitter suspect spartan hostile uneasy harassing severe tender intractable echinated annoying stimulating abstruse provocative quirky fiddly undependable heated frustrating bemusing divisive scandalous like herding cats barro discomforting erratic fluctuant fiendish kid-glove treacherous scary unsound unhealthy jeopardous wicked heavy laborious operose rugged strenuous hair-trigger incalculable problem kittle messy devilish weird strange barbed bristly bewildering inexplicable mysterious confusing disputed briary thistly brambly devil of a funny peculiar unaccountable odd labyrinthine flustering very devil of a discomfiting debated contested spicular spiky aculeate spinous sharp spiculate spiked pronged bristled spiniferous scratchy demeaning degrading enigmatic mind-bending moot debatable inconvenient embarrassed setaceous jaggy muricate pointy barbellate spinose untimely discountenancing discomposing undetermined undecided unresolved unsettled unconcluded wildering difficult to understand befuddling confounding Byzantine ongoing in contention at issue in dispute excruciating incommodious exasperating shameful beyond one toe-curling open to debate open to question hot-button open to doubt fractious up in the air yet to be decided much debated elaborate sophisticated tangled tortuous involute detailed involuted obscure byzantine undecipherable confused labyrinthian fancy Gordian serpentine entangled recondite inscrutable cryptic interlaced baroque daedal cumbersome troubled ambiguous incomprehensible advanced Daedalian full of twists and turns tense profound agitating unnerving equivocal shaky insoluble complicate mazy unanswerable subtle deep circuitous serious demanding fraught ravelled jumbled mixed dense knotted raveled hi-tech full of problems mixed up Daedalean beset by problems finicky loaded chaotic vulnerable searching penetrating shaming mortifying stressful insolvable threatening grave eventful insecure indivisible inseparable daunting state-of-the-art elite ignominious lively disgraceful discreditable dishonouring blush-making winding sinuous twisted high-level higher-level ornate unpropitious discommodious distracting discommoding dishonoring inopportune troubling rattling unseemly charged rococo heterogeneous multifaceted multifarious variegated nuanced muddled high-tech long-drawn-out can of worms maze-like drawn-out top-level tickly galling torturous roundabout indirect indissoluble inextricable impossible to separate irritating dolorous bumpy afflicted unclear unintelligible abstract doubtful radical extensive mind-boggling itchy confronting distressed afflictive wearisome trouble vexing rambling esoteric mystical thought-provoking fathomless causing discomfort ill-fitting dubitable disputable hard to solve hard to explain beyond comprehension beyond one's grasp opaque misleading unstraightforward nervous anxious enigmatical hazy over one's head above one's head unsolvable suspicious shady fishy queer doubtable verbose lengthy overlong devious deceptive nerve-racking restless unsettling creepy disquieting nail-biting distressful nerve-wracking drastic perverse cunning indecisive open arguable complete sweeping thorough extreme revolutionary uphill terrible ramified reticular effortful difficult to follow uptight apprehensive major emotionally charged up for grabs unhandy unwieldy clunky cumbrous cranky impractical clumsy bunglesome ungainly ponderous unmanageable burdensome lumbersome a devil hard to use

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Displaying a lack of sensibleness or judgment
harebrained absurd asinine crazy foolish half-baked loony preposterous wacky balmy brainless bubbleheaded cockeyed crackpot cuckoo daffy daft dippy dotty fatuous featherheaded fool half-witted inept insane jerky kookie kooky looney lunatic lunkheaded mad nonsensical nutty sappy screwball senseless silly simpleminded stupid tomfool unwise weak-minded whacky witless zany barmy bizarre careless changeable empty-headed heedless inane irresponsible mindless rash rattlebrained reckless unstable wild ridiculous idiotic ludicrous imbecilic irrational unintelligent moronic illogical unreasonable pointless hare-brained imprudent laughable dumb risible doltish dopey screwy ill-advised foolhardy gormless fantastic injudicious goofy farcical vacuous thoughtless dim thickheaded dim-witted strange lamebrained cockamamie birdbrained indiscreet batty damfool unthinkable cockamamy puerile dunderheaded simple ill-considered crackbrained fantastical fanciful odd thick unbelievable boneheaded glaikit weird outrageous softheaded incautious loopy feebleminded unreal dull implausible slow-witted eccentric giddy impractical scatterbrained chuckleheaded chowderheaded dotish pinheaded dense peculiar short-sighted incredible brain-dead thick-witted feather-brained cretinous outlandish shocking astonishing divvy slow meaningless imbecile lamebrain dof dopy soft pea-brained infantile potty incongruous obtuse comical unsmart halfwitted derisible monstrous unusual grotesque derisory oafish immature scatty bonehead opaque dorky knuckleheaded airheaded wooden-headed off the wall weak madcap out to lunch impolitic queer wacko impracticable childish extraordinary ignorant cock-eyed frivolous ill-conceived inconsistent inappropriate derisive dozy blockheaded pathetic dappy flighty unsound misguided featherbrained clueless oddball nuts quirky cracked unworkable demented unhinged inconceivable deranged unconventional clownish funny vapid bewildering mystifying baffling puzzling surreal squirrelly unrealistic hilarious impossible slang muttonheaded futile flakey flaky off beam insipid up the pole not the full shilling vacant way out nerdy unearthly naive off your head off the air full of holes too much fat-headed soft in the head bathetic defective clock mentally incompetent bugged out braindead purposeless incomprehensible untenable off the beam doolally gonzo extreme donkeyish obstinate idiotish freaky extravagant excessive empty contemptible callow unsafe exorbitant unaware insensate complacent smoothbrained credulous retarded green unthinking goofy loony maniacal off your trolley foolheaded trifling worthless extremely foolish stupidly irresponsible very stupid smooth-brained dead from the neck up far-out avant-garde off-centre inexperienced illiterate bad poor risky aberrant amusing light-hearted comic backward out of the question taking the cake hasty waggish chucklesome diverting know-nothing uneducated slow on the uptake unschooled pea-brain ditzy untaught dizzy skittish feeble-minded improvident cranky kinky as thick as two short planks feather-headed wet behind the ears simple-minded impulsive unreasoning unconsidered unreasoned idiotical vain crass wishy-washy flat innocuous dilly nonrational negligent tearaway fruitless joshing humorous camp witty campy devoid of intelligence out there in left field erratic nitwitted pie-faced sheepheaded muddle-headed inexpedient unbalanced crazed psychotic bonkers mental certifiable undiplomatic misconceived brash indelicate graceless tactless ill-judged wrong-headed crackers loco gaga touched disturbed bats frenzied unsensible inconvenient undesirable unadvised wrong improper unsuitable unrecommended whimsical mercurial distraught meshuga psychopathic distracted sectionable raving bananas delirious wackadoodle nonconformist crazy-ass abnormal unique freakish wackadoo phenomenal frantic manic barking hysterical nutso buggy unconvincing unimaginable outré dreamlike offbeat rum remarkable funky quixotic weirdo inadvisable nutsy schizoid improbable bushed porangi yarra idiosyncratic twisted not recommended mentally ill unlikely amazing staggering questionable non compos mentis of unsound mind raving mad sick in the head mad as a hatter unconceivable uncompelling incredulous off-the-wall spaced-out off-kilter not together stark mad not all there stark raving mad away with the fairies flimsy reaching incogitable infeasible round the bend nutty as a fruitcake barking mad beyond all reason bird-brained out of all reason foaming at the mouth mad as a March hare dubious fishy phoney doubtful unsubstantial thin suspect phony round the twist stark staring mad not right in the head difficult to believe mind-boggling mind-blowing eye-popping hard to swallow for the birds cock-and-bull won't hold water won't wash beyond belief far-fetched past belief open to doubt jaw-dropping scarcely credible not quite right in the head not right upstairs as daft as a brush have a screw loose have bats in the belfry have kangaroos in the top paddock mentally unbalanced out of one's head curious unfounded faulty way-out invalid groundless far out inconsequential contradictory out-of-the-way quaint bizarro unjustifiable unorthodox fallacious queerish specious false unjustified fabulous rare romantic visionary beyond the bounds of possibility inadequate tall singular flawed uncommon unsustainable incoherent imaginary illegitimate inconsequent baseless unwarranted sophistic cock and bull out of the ordinary illusory slight laboured unacceptable make-believe reachy labored unscientific spurious unconscionable shaky self-contradictory negligible nominal imaginative hard to take tiny droll insupportable indefensible inexplicable hollow farfetched arbitrary exotic small ill-founded distorted astounding capricious reasonless sensational original exaggerated contrived mythical strained equivocal unheard of spectacular left-field horrendous debatable phantasmal phantasmic unfamiliar highly unlikely ambiguous chimerical unheard-of paradoxical not on iffy out of this world insufficient minimal enigmatic confounding unholy uncanny insulting paltry God-awful pitiful inconclusive measly useless miserly miserable token ironic ungodly ineffectual incorrect unwarrantable untrue piddling unsubstantiated misleading gelastic irreconcilable stingy lousy intolerable creative erroneous anomalous irrelevant in vain hopeless footling delusory fabricated ideal fancy wondrous made-up mingy poxy nickel-and-dime unnatural insignificant obscure perplexing idealistic untruthful unaccountable unfeasible breathtaking delusive unnecessary pretend invented fantasied fictional imagined imaginal fictitious phantom notional mythic grandiose artificial hallucinatory illusive idle piffling problematic dubitable unpredictable unimagined different remote prodigious suppositious utopian radical unattainable exceptional minute inconsiderable stupendous uncalled-for forced non-viable uncustomary poetic elaborate insupposable floating experimental unaccustomed chimeric off OTT faint hard to believe not likely atypical unexpected freak over the top unapt not in the least likely blue sky full of it on cloud nine unpractical unintelligible ornate inauthentic unsocial burlesque disconnected disjointed tenuous marvelous unmeaning alternative ill-thought-out unarguable undefendable refutable dimwitted inexcusable unforgivable worthy of scorn vague unpersuasive inadmissible harum-scarum unpardonable unplausible progressive advanced unsatisfactory lame nebulous feeble gothic baroque Gothic inexpiable counterintuitive Boeotian inaccurate irregular unsupportable sketchy antisocial highly undesirable overblown nonconforming off-center wigged out schizo niggling picayune chicken peanut petty piddly trivial pimping no-account esoteric untraditional mysterious deviant Bohemian unordinary embellished dishonest suspicious outre airy unimpressive huge fruity haywire psycho brainsick maniac wud bedlam meshugge bughouse moonstruck whacko daggy embarrassing incompetent superb terrific glorious awesome divine splendid wonderful not tightly wrapped unknowable O.T.T. a bit much minor unimportant beyond possibility shady hyperbolic dull-witted out of the way off-beat off the rails hardly possible contrary to reason starry-eyed overdone hokey loony tunes looney tunes to no avail unsupported nonvalid foundationless inexact out not feasible nasty barbarous late horrid unseemly uncivilised atrocious uncivilized dreadful untoward contrary deluded disputable embroidered undependable untrustworthy histrionic arguable unreliable out in left field caricatural bogus off target wrongly inferred expressive for grins unachievable not worth considering acting crazy de minimis Mickey Mouse marvellous imcomprehensible unworldly theoretical perfectionist not to be considered blown up illegal riddling conflicting confusing oxymoronic extremely implausible extremely unlikely extremely doubtful less likely outside chance ambitious beyond one unrealizable unobtainable wide of the mark not to be thought of beyond reason won't fly extremely difficult to believe dreamy fresh over-optimistic complicated doubtable great giant massive gone nonrealistic ivory-tower not working inspired artistic originative inventive oracular surprising uncertain speculative unsure undecided unconfirmed unsettled artful fertile genius keen brilliant ingenious innovative Panglossian overoptimistic uncredible notable momentous miraculous stunning striking outside on thin ice fat chance touch-and-go long shot out of sight unforgettable eye-catching arresting deformed innovational vivid revolutionary astute not applicable not sensible special noteworthy unwonted conspicuous rings phony foolishly optimistic Promethean fond head in the clouds out of touch with reality blue-sky marginal slim exceeding extraordinaire unprecedented serious especial unco aberrated preternatural tremendous malformed misshapen ugly fancied beyond the realm of reason big amazeballs sophistical not able to hold water legendary flash heavy gnarly forby hideous unsightly distant imperceptible diminished dicey fractional frail slender meagre isolated meager fragile unproved casuistic not remotely possible fairy-tale never to be forgotten misproportioned perverse unconnected off beaten path unproductive unavailing aimless shadowy aerial fairy tale fictive mangled mutilated gnarled unprofitable needless not following without foundation without basis unhandsome unbeautiful homely unpretty unappealing unattractive unlovely unpleasing vile ill-favored uncomely pipe dream not making sense wasted valueless mean immoderate undue steep fugly huckery pie in the sky castles in the air extortionate impotent redundant superfluous purportless nongermane ineffective inordinate unfair flamboyant grody surrealistic gross antic ill-favoured eerie perverted unjust disproportionate to no purpose posh intemperate overkill unlawful peremptory overmuch absonant pricey unrightful stiff imbalanced too-too wrongful unprovoked without rhyme or reason uncalled for not pertinent too great up to here out of bounds out of all proportion costing an arm and a leg

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Having or being a slippery surface
slippery greasy glassy icy slippy slick slithery smooth lubricious oily slimy wet greased lubricated oiled skiddy slicked glacé unsafe glazed glistening lustrous perilous polished satiny silky sleek soapy unctuous unstable waxy like a skating rink glossy oleaginous shiny gleaming shining burnished sleeky buffed fatty sheeny satin rubbed varnished creamy slippery as an eel ice-covered mucous pomaded salved smeared anointed daubed swabbed bright nitid patinated level satinlike glowing sericeous luminous radiant self-lubricating enamelled furbished lacquered waxed ground sanded japanned shellacked enameled buttery smeary clear swimming lubricative lubricous soothing oil-soaked rich adipose lardy butyraceous lubricant translucent transparent swimming in oil swimming in fat pellucid limpid vitric vitreous hyaline unruffled even calm hyaloid reflective glazy rimy frozen frosty ice-bound frosted glass-like crystal clear mirror-like frozen over iced over iced up smooth as glass like a sheet of glass brilliant sparkling shimmering dazzling beaming incandescent refulgent silken glittering effulgent lambent fulgent lucent scintillating flashing lucid splendid candescent bedazzling twinkling irradiant velvety glimmering reflecting intense vivid blazing glaring light aglow phosphorescent sunny chatoyant coruscating sparkly glittery resplendent ablaze illuminated lighted illumined golden argent sunlit moonlit beamy auroral fulgid irradiated relucent silvery mirrorlike burning alight agleam planed convey metallized well-groomed glossed gilded pearlescent glorious glinting well brushed finished cottony soft velvetlike silklike downy metallic continuous unbroken silky-smooth flickering luminescent fluorescent glistering fulgurant fulgurating fulgurous iridescent

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Having or showing a cunning and deceitful nature
slippery cunning evasive sneaky tricky crafty devious untrustworthy false shifty dishonest duplicitous sly treacherous unpredictable unreliable artful foxy shady slick two-faced wily contriving deceitful deceptive guileful scheming dodgy elusive fugitive furtive iffy Janus-faced sneaking snide stealthy shonky cagey changeable fly-by-night hard to pin down inconstant insecure mutable uncertain unsafe unstable variable underhand unscrupulous crooked underhanded double-dealing dishonourable dubious dishonorable corrupt designing subtle unprincipled sharp fraudulent bent secret disingenuous insincere clandestine roguish questionable indirect undependable surreptitious precarious lying secretive shaky slim insidious unethical rogue covert Machiavellian dangerous disreputable shrewd dissembling conniving risky deceiving mendacious undercover traitorous conspiratorial fast calculating wobbly suspicious hush-hush perfidious hazardous two-timing fishy suspect untruthful perilous underground oblique private hidden backstairs unfaithful misleading stealth not to be trusted privy dicey sneak chancy hairy rocky murky hugger-mugger double-faced behind-the-scenes hole-and-corner rickety sub-rosa parlous cheating hypocritical astute faithless under the table delusive seedy under wraps fly counterfeit scandalous sketchy clever skulking slinking inglorious cloaked irresponsible knavish unsettled unsure defrauding black doubtful concealed tottering truthless hollow-hearted false-hearted plotting unhealthy fair-weather not dependable touch and go not to be depended on smart smooth beguiling cagy cute canny pretended unfair collusive untrue carny swindling bluffing unsound delicate Punic unjust slimy rascally wobbling enigmatic disloyal trustless immoral problematic astucious fake teetering phoney menacing phony double-crossing unsecured hoodwinking tottery cautious illegal unctuous movable lubricious of dubious character potentially illegal hanging by a thread moving on the QT ticklish mobile wiggly on thin ice alarming on the quiet not fixed not secure colluding shadowy manipulative dark impish arch intriguing captious ingenious illusory mischievous mysterious caballing conspiring deviant trick snidey dirty-dealing exploitative bogus sham unprofessional cowboy unhonest not trustworthy dirty sideways sidelong under-the-table quiet catlike catty silent feline noiseless amoral unlawful criminal irregular deep wry greasy intelligent witted streetwise keen delusory not to be relied upon salty ornery hostile illicit snaky plausible rascal off mock spurious bum seeming serpentine catchy imposturous cloak and dagger disguised creepy behind someone's back circumspect masked malfeasant hole and corner shrouded recreant backbiting villainous sinister veiled hollow jeopardous untrusty fickle fink quivering wabbling wabbly gnarly ominous dissimulating back-alley cloak-and-dagger low-down not stable difficult unbalanced shaking trembly trembling quaking shuddery tremulous quavery shuddering overdone exaggerated feigned cynical artificial atremble aquiver jive put-on mealymouthed backhanded phony-baloney Pecksniffian not candid lacking sincerity lip not frank phoney-baloney double mealy left-handed threatening unfastened doddery pretend pretentious pseud ambidextrous difficult to track down difficult to find always on the move difficult to catch cowardly yellow bockety vulnerable with tongue in cheek giddy dizzy weak exposed defenceless life-threatening high-risk serious harmful toxic grievous jeopardizing threatened injurious venturesome destructive malignant grave unprotected touch-and-go explosive erratic fearsome on a limb touchy defenseless open to attack jeopardising fallacious equivocating ambiguous prevaricating equivocal built on sand on a slippery slope hanging in the balance out on a limb vague indeterminate cryptic unclear shuffling indefinite inexplicit inexact imprecise indistinct roundabout perplexing obscure gnomic puzzling circumlocutory sophistical circuitous intangible