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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
  1. the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.

Origin of quiver1

1480–90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
Related formsquiv·er·er, nounquiv·er·ing·ly, adverbquiv·er·y, adjectiveun·quiv·ered, adjectiveun·quiv·er·ing, adjective


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1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake.
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Examples from the Web for quivered

Historical Examples

  • He could free his words from the pride of life, but not his voice; it quivered and betrayed him.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • From that moment, however, he quivered with anxious expectancy.

  • On catching sight of Pierre he quivered with anxiety and sprang forward.

  • At this the priest, who was looking on, suddenly understood the truth and also quivered.

  • Madden quivered at his impotence to put his hand on the thief in the crowd.

British Dictionary definitions for quivered


  1. (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
  1. the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
Derived Formsquiverer, nounquivering, adjectivequiveringly, adverbquivery, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver


  1. a case for arrows

Word Origin

C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum
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Word Origin and History for quivered



"to tremble," late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice "zealously"), which is perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick). Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun in this sense from 1715, from the verb.



"case for holding arrows," early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur "container" (cf. Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur "quiver"); "said to be from the language of the Huns" [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.

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