- (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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Examples from the Web for tremulously
Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?Main Street
"Anybody can move that waiter that's a mind to," she said, tremulously.Meadow Grass
"I care for only one thing in this world," he said, tremulously.The Gentleman From Indiana
"You may understand some things before that," Mrs. Adams said, tremulously.Alice Adams
"I'll do anything you wish me to, Bartley," she said tremulously.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
- 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 tremulously
1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by tremor.
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