- to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
- the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
Origin of quiver1
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Examples from the Web for quivered
He could free his words from the pride of life, but not his voice; it quivered and betrayed him.Tiverton Tales
From that moment, however, he quivered with anxious expectancy.
On catching sight of Pierre he quivered with anxiety and sprang forward.
At this the priest, who was looking on, suddenly understood the truth and also quivered.
Madden quivered at his impotence to put his hand on the thief in the crowd.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
- the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
- a case for arrows
Word Origin and History for quivered
"case for holding arrows," early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur "container" (cf. Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur "quiver"); "said to be from the language of the Huns" [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.