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[trem-yuh-luh s] /ˈtrɛm yə ləs/
(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
Related forms
tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
untremulous, adjective
untremulously, adverb
untremulousness, noun
1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tremulously
Historical Examples
  • Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Anybody can move that waiter that's a mind to," she said, tremulously.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "I care for only one thing in this world," he said, tremulously.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • "You may understand some things before that," Mrs. Adams said, tremulously.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • "I'll do anything you wish me to, Bartley," she said tremulously.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
  • "You can; oh, I'm sure you can," the girl went on tremulously.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • Her melting eyes were on his and she herself was out of her chair and tremulously near.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • "Er liebt mich," said she, tremulously, and the leaf broke in her fingers.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "But I am crushed; I can fall no lower," whispered she, tremulously.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "You will make me fear worse than the reality, perhaps," said she, tremulously.

British Dictionary definitions for tremulously


vibrating slightly; quavering; trembling: a tremulous voice
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 tremulously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tremulously in Medicine

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

trem'u·lous·ness n.
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