- any of various poplars, as Populus tremula, of Europe, and P. tremuloides (quaking aspen) or P. alba (white aspen), of America, having soft wood and alternate ovate leaves that tremble in the slightest breeze.
- of or relating to the aspen.
- trembling or quivering, like the leaves of the aspen.
Origin of aspen
- a town in central Colorado: ski resort.
Related Wordscowardly, excited, fearful, jittery, nervous, quivering, shaking, timid, timorous, wavering, aquiver, aspen, palpitating, quavering, trembling
Examples from the Web for aspen
Some look at the Aspen museum and wonder whether Ban will be able to continue creating his humanitarian “virtuous” architecture.
Even Ban functions within this system, as the Aspen museum illustrates.
Earlier this month a brand new art museum opened in the posh mountain resort town of Aspen, Colorado.
At a conference in Aspen I ran into some people in the TV business.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto
February 4, 2014
But Chris finds a quieter kind of satisfaction in the huts that dot the Rockies around Aspen.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
The Daily Beast
October 26, 2013
The friendly creature who sheltered him trembled like an aspen.The Hunted Outlaw
"How agitated you are, Rotha; you tremble like an aspen," he said.The Shadow of a Crime
I was beside her now, and found her trembling like an aspen.The Shame of Motley
Here, Kasya, stand two aspen trees, and between them a spring.Sielanka: An Idyll
It was Andrew again, standing on the threshold, shaking like an aspen leaf.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
- any of several trees of the salicaceous genus Populus, such as P. tremula of Europe, in which the leaves are attached to the stem by long flattened stalks so that they quiver in the windArchaic name: asp
- archaic, mainly literary trembling
Word Origin and History for aspen
late 14c., from adjective or genitive form of Old English æspe "aspen tree, white poplar," from Proto-Germanic *aspo (cf. Old Norse ösp, Middle Dutch espe, Old High German aspa, German Espe), from PIE *apsa "aspen" (cf. Lithuanian opuse). The current form in English probably arose from phrases such as aspen leaf, aspen bark. Its leaves have been figurative of tremulousness and quaking since at least early 15c. (an Old English name for it was cwicbeam, literally "quick-tree").