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[kwiv-er] /ˈkwɪv ər/
verb (used with or without object)
to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
Origin of quiver1
1480-90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
Related forms
quiverer, noun
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
unquivered, adjective
unquivering, adjective
1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quivered
Historical Examples
  • She stood behind him solemn and with lips which quivered slightly.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
  • Two quivered in his shield, and one pierced the sleeve of his coat.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • He quivered with more than the infirmities of age as he stood by the table, supporting himself on his cane.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • "Since he lives I fear nothing," said Josephine; and stood there and quivered from head to foot.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • His palm, sticky with balsam gum, quivered in Quintana's grasp.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • The catamount screeched, and quivered for a second at44tack.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • She quivered, sprang to her feet, and ran rapidly down the stairs.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • Her lips had quivered; and Winton's heart softened, as it always did when he saw her moved.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Mrs. Bowman quivered, pulled herself together and sat down, but her gaze followed the boy.

  • "I am cold," said Sasha, softly, and quivered in every limb.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for quivered


(intransitive) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
Derived Forms
quiverer, noun
quivering, adjective
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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