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aquiver

[uh-kwiv-er] /əˈkwɪv ər/
adjective
1.
in a state of trepidation or vibrant agitation; trembling; quivering (usually used predicatively):
The bamboo thicket was aquiver with small birds and insects. The exciting news set me aquiver.
Origin of aquiver
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; a-1 + quiver1
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  • Besides, his late contact with Tessibel Skinner had left him aquiver.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The entire audience was aquiver with suspense, keen to the point of anguish.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • The marchesa entered all aquiver: she had thoughts of witchcraft.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • The next day, he finds the boy all aquiver and covered with pimples.

  • Her heart seemed beating in her throat, and every fibre of her being was aquiver.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • Their great muscles were aquiver with the eager spirit which is bred of the wild.

    The Man in the Twilight

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • And precisely three minutes later I was standing up, leaning forward, all aquiver, watching my line fly off the reel.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Frightened she must have been, for when she reached him she was all aquiver and her voice hung dead in her throat.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
  • Her situation had been developing beyond anything she had ever dreamed of; she was aquiver as to what might happen next.

  • Little nervous chills set them aquiver, their hands were cold, their faces throbbing hot.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
Word Origin and History for aquiver
adv.

1864, from a- (1) + quiver (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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