verb (used without object), quaked, quak·ing.
Origin of quake
Synonyms for quake
Related Words for quakingquail, totter, pulsate, quiver, throb, convulse, twitter, move, jar, cower, shrink, shudder, fluctuate, shiver, waver, rock, tremor, tremble, wobble, jitter
Examples from the Web for quaking
Contemporary Examples of 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
February 14, 2012
Historical Examples of quaking
Standing on that quaking wall Foulet and I stared at each other.The Floating Island of Madness
Quaking, reeling, almost falling, she came tottering down the patio.The Scapegoat
Father Pifferi, quaking with fear, thought he was there to protect Roma.The Eternal City
Then the wreckers, hand in hand, quaking and whimpering, stepped out to the mouth of the cave.
Quaking with undefined fears, he pushed on until he had joined them.
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.