in a state of trepidation or vibrant agitation; trembling; quivering (usually used predicatively): The bamboo thicket was aquiver with small birds and insects. The exciting news set me aquiver.

Origin of aquiver

First recorded in 1880–85; a-1 + quiver1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aquiver

Historical Examples of aquiver

  • Besides, his late contact with Tessibel Skinner had left him aquiver.

  • The entire audience was aquiver with suspense, keen to the point of anguish.

    The Surprises of Life

    Georges Clemenceau

  • The marchesa entered all aquiver: she had thoughts of witchcraft.

    The Law Inevitable

    Louis Couperus

  • The next day, he finds the boy all aquiver and covered with pimples.

  • Her heart seemed beating in her throat, and every fibre of her being was aquiver.


    H. G. Wells

Word Origin and History for aquiver

1864, from a- (1) + quiver (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper