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quiver

1
[ kwiv-er ]
/ ˈkwɪv ər /
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verb (used with or without object)

to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.

noun

the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.

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RELATED WORDS

throb, pulsate, shudder, shiver, convulse, tremble, pulsation, oscillation, glitter, twinkle, convulsion, flash, shimmer, sparkle, palpitation, glimmer, shake, tremor, tic, spasm

Nearby words

quits, quittance, quitted trick, quitter, quittor, quiver, quiver leg, quiverful, quixote, quixotic, quixotism

Origin of quiver

1
1480–90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
SYNONYMS FOR quiver
2 shudder, shiver, shake.
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Definition for quiver (2 of 2)

quiver

2
[ kwiv-er ]
/ ˈkwɪv ər /

noun

a case for holding or carrying arrows.
the arrows in such a case.

Origin of quiver

2
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French quiveir, variant of Old French quivre; perhaps < Germanic; compare Old English cocer quiver
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British Dictionary definitions for quiver (1 of 2)

quiver

1
/ (ˈkwɪvə) /

verb

(intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble

noun

the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
Derived Formsquiverer, nounquivering, adjectivequiveringly, adverbquivery, adjective

Word Origin for quiver

C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver

British Dictionary definitions for quiver (2 of 2)

quiver

2
/ (ˈkwɪvə) /

noun

a case for arrows

Word Origin for quiver

C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum
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