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Sunday, September 02, 2001

Definitions for tremulous

  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.

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Citations for tremulous
The bridge was tremulous beneath me, and marked the tremor of the solid earth. Nathaniel Hawthorne, "My Visit to Niagara," The Dolliver Romance and Other Pieces, 1876
The girl gave a frightened cry, then a tremulous little sob of joy. Eleanor H. Porter, Across the Years, 1923
Origin of tremulous
1605-1615
Tremulous stems from the Latin word tremulus which is the adjectival form of the verb tremere meaning "to tremble."