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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
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  1. the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
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Origin of quiver1

1480–90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
Related formsquiv·er·er, nounquiv·er·ing·ly, adverbquiv·er·y, adjectiveun·quiv·ered, adjectiveun·quiv·er·ing, adjective


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1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake.
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Historical Examples

  • The sun was shining down, and the air was clear and quivery.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • She was thin and quivery, and her tongue was hanging out and her eyes staring.

  • Roll of Bensoulbenjamin rolled to the quivery loveshivery roofpanes.


    James Joyce

  • I asked, 170 with a quivery little feeling that the world was going topsyturvy with other people besides me.

    Amazing Grace

    Kate Trimble Sharber

  • Yes, and she had felt funny herself that evening—a numb, quivery, prickly kind of sensation: it may have been the thunder-storm!


    Julian Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for quivery


  1. (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
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  1. the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
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Derived Formsquiverer, nounquivering, adjectivequiveringly, adverbquivery, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver


  1. a case for arrows
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum
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Word Origin and History for quivery



"to tremble," late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice "zealously"), which is perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick). Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun in this sense from 1715, from the verb.

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"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.

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