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  1. the act of a person or thing that shakes.
  2. ague, with or without chill and fever.
  3. shakings, Nautical. waste rope, canvas, etc.
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Origin of shaking

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at shake, -ing1
Related formsshak·ing·ly, adverbun·shak·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shakingly

Historical Examples of shakingly

  • The paper fell away, and he lifted it shakingly to the light.


    Katherine Cecil Thurston

  • It was then she had wept, shakingly, in a vast impatience with herself for trying to reason.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Carolyn May was too frightened to speak, but Freda said shakingly: We only got him to taste the molasses.

    Carolyn of the Corners

    Ruth Belmore Endicott

  • Shakingly Ruth sat down before the cheap little maple table.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

  • And with one hand she felt along up his coat till she reached his face, and shakingly tried to brush away its tears.


    Elisabeth von Arnim

Word Origin and History for shakingly



late 14c., verbal noun from shake (v.).

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