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tremulous

[trem-yuh-luh s] /ˈtrɛm yə ləs/
adjective
1.
(of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
2.
timid; timorous; fearful.
3.
(of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
4.
(of writing) done with a trembling hand.
Origin of tremulous
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix
Related forms
tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
untremulous, adjective
untremulously, adverb
untremulousness, noun
Synonyms
1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
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  • The aged philosopher endeavoured to speak, but his voice was tremulous with emotion.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The bridge was tremulous beneath me, and marked the tremor of the solid earth.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "It was my father's sword," replied Theseus, with a tremulous voice.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In the first place, Marcia's tremulous state made it difficult.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He was feeble, and his hands were tremulous with a perpetual nervous motion.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Sweet eyes looked on me, and a sweet mouth was tremulous with a smile.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He was looking down, and gnawing at that tremulous upper lip.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for tremulous

tremulous

/ˈtrɛmjʊləs/
adjective
1.
vibrating slightly; quavering; trembling: a tremulous voice
2.
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Derived Forms
tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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Word Origin and History for tremulous
adj.

1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).

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tremulous in Medicine

tremulous trem·u·lous (trěm'yə-ləs)
adj.
Characterized by tremor.


trem'u·lous·ness n.
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