- to shake involuntarily with quick, short movements, as from fear, excitement, weakness, or cold; quake; quiver.
- to be troubled with fear or apprehension.
- (of things) to be affected with vibratory motion.
- to be tremulous, as light or sound: His voice trembled.
- the act of trembling.
- a state or fit of trembling.
- trembles, (used with a singular verb)
- Pathology.milk sickness.
- Veterinary Pathology.a toxic condition of cattle and sheep caused by the eating of white snakeroot and characterized by muscular tremors.
Origin of tremble
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for trembles
She looks sideways as the monster speaker booms and trembles and young men dance toward her.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
Curled into a fetal position on an outdoor, candle-lit matt in Costa Rica, the 18-year-old trembles in fear.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Dench trembles whilst uttering the words, “out damned spots!”Shakespeare’s Movie Magic
Marina Watts, Malcolm Jones
April 24, 2014
I guess the trembles in my head must have got into my fingers when I did it.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
It is when the soul rises to "here and now" that he trembles.Parables of the Cross
I. Lilias Trotter
See how she trembles, and you know, Claude, what we heard on Sunday at the catechising.Golden Moments
He trembles at the responsibility which he has incurred by engaging the feelings of another.The Young Duke
When I go near the rubbish with my duster he trembles like an aspen.White Lies
- Also called: milk sickness a disease of cattle and sheep characterized by muscular incoordination and tremor, caused by ingestion of white snakeroot or rayless goldenrod
- a nontechnical name for Parkinson's disease
- to vibrate with short slight movements; quiver
- to shake involuntarily, as with cold or fear; shiver
- to experience fear or anxiety
- the act or an instance of trembling
Word Origin and History for trembles
c.1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from Old French trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (source of Italian tremolare, Spanish temblar), from Latin tremulus "trembling, tremulous," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (cf. Greek tremein "to shiver, tremble," Lithuanian trimu "to chase away," Old Church Slavonic treso "to shake," Gothic þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was Old English bifian. Related: Trembled; trembling. The noun is recorded from c.1600.