- (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
- timid; timorous; fearful.
- (of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
- (of writing) done with a trembling hand.
Origin of tremulous
1605–15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix
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1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
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Rather than risk creating a “tremulous” signature, Lincoln instead commenced massaging his giant hands together.A Mighty Act: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
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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
"It was my father's sword," replied Theseus, with a tremulous voice.Tanglewood Tales
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
- vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
- showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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Word Origin and History for tremulous
1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by tremor.
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