verb (used without object), quaked, quak·ing.
- quail dove,
- quake in one's boots,
- quaker gun,
- quaker meeting
Origin of quake
Examples from the Web for quaking
Obama and the Democrats generally have a history of quaking when this deficit talk starts up.Michael Tomasky on GOP Deficit Hypocrisy at Release of Obama’s Budget|Michael Tomasky|February 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Quaking in every limb, his teeth chattering, and a cold sweat pouring from him, he listened as the awful voice spoke again.Toto's Merry Winter|Laura E. Richards
It was a genuine retreat, right at the foot of a tall mountain, embowered in a grove of quaking asps.Birds of the Rockies|Leander Sylvester Keyser
Quaking all over, he approached the cage, and staring fixedly into the tiger's face, made the prescribed passes.The Sorcery Club|Elliott O'Donnell
Word Origin for quake
Old English cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.
early 14c., "a trembling in fear," from quake (v.). Rare except in combinations. Now usually as a shortening of earthquake, in which use it is attested from 1640s. Old English had the verbal noun cwacung "shaking, trembling."