- (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 tremulousness
Mrs. Dowling permitted a tremulousness to become audible in her voice.Alice Adams
A tremulousness about the mouth betrayed a nervous temperament.Wilfrid Cumbermede
It was with a feeling not far removed from tremulousness that I entered the room.The First Violin
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
- 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 tremulousness
1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by tremor.
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