[ kweyk ]
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verb (used without object),quaked, quak·ing.
  1. (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.

  2. (of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake.

  1. an earthquake.

  2. a trembling or tremulous agitation.

Origin of quake

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian “to shake, tremble”

synonym study For quake

1. See shiver1.

Other words for quake

Other words from quake

  • quak·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·quak·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quake


/ (kweɪk) /

  1. to shake or tremble with or as with fear

  2. to convulse or quiver, as from instability

  1. the act or an instance of quaking

  2. informal short for earthquake

Origin of quake

Old English cwacian; related to Old English cweccan to shake, Old Irish bocaim, German wackeln

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