tremulous

[ trem-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˈtrɛm yə ləs /

adjective

(of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
timid; timorous; fearful.
(of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
(of writing) done with a trembling hand.

Origin of tremulous

1605–15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix

SYNONYMS FOR tremulous

1 faltering, hesitant, wavering.

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British Dictionary definitions for tremulous

tremulous

/ (ˈtrɛmjʊləs) /

adjective

vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc

Derived Forms

tremulously, adverbtremulousness, noun

Word Origin for tremulous

C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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Medicine definitions for tremulous

tremulous

[ trĕmyə-ləs ]

adj.

Characterized by tremor.

Related forms

tremu•lous•ness n.
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