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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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Examples from the Web for tremulousness
Historical Examples
  • Mrs. Dowling permitted a tremulousness to become audible in her voice.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • A tremulousness about the mouth betrayed a nervous temperament.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It was with a feeling not far removed from tremulousness that I entered the room.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • There was no tremulousness in his voice or manner; nothing hurried, nothing simulated.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • The barber, noticing his tremulousness, held the mirror for him.

    Romola George Eliot
  • There is a feverish eagerness in his eyes, a tremulousness in his voice.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • There was a tremulousness about her, and shadows under her eyes.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Dorothy opened her eyes and laughed, but with a tremulousness in her mirth.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • There was a tremulousness in the words, but it was due to his tumultuous wrath and not to fear.

    Deerfoot in The Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • We often ask this question with hope that is tremulous—or it may be with tremulousness that is hopeful.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
British Dictionary definitions for tremulousness

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 tremulousness

tremulous

adj.

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

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tremulousness in Medicine

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


trem'u·lous·ness n.
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