- to shake involuntarily with quick, short movements, as from fear, excitement, weakness, or cold; quake; quiver.
- to be troubled with fear or apprehension.
- (of things) to be affected with vibratory motion.
- to be tremulous, as light or sound: His voice trembled.
- the act of trembling.
- a state or fit of trembling.
- trembles, (used with a singular verb)
- Pathology.milk sickness.
- Veterinary Pathology.a toxic condition of cattle and sheep caused by the eating of white snakeroot and characterized by muscular tremors.
Origin of tremble
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Examples from the Web for trembled
“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
When the queen heard this once again, she trembled and shook with rage.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Before I could move she flattened her belly to the ground, crouched, trembled, and sprang into his face.
Then, as I trembled with fear, the driver turned and looked straight at me.
The spirit of the strong man was moved, and he trembled like a leaf shaken by the wind.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He appeared very frightened, and trembled from head to foot.Explorations in Australia
I could see and hear all that was going on, and trembled for my safety.Biography of a Slave
She had expected to see the doctor, and started and trembled at sight of Hester.Weighed and Wanting
When he had only kissed her arm—He trembled a little at the memory.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to vibrate with short slight movements; quiver
- to shake involuntarily, as with cold or fear; shiver
- to experience fear or anxiety
- the act or an instance of trembling
Word Origin and History for trembled
c.1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from Old French trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (source of Italian tremolare, Spanish temblar), from Latin tremulus "trembling, tremulous," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (cf. Greek tremein "to shiver, tremble," Lithuanian trimu "to chase away," Old Church Slavonic treso "to shake," Gothic þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was Old English bifian. Related: Trembled; trembling. The noun is recorded from c.1600.