- (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
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Related Words for tremulousquivering, shaky, wobbly, shivery, palpitating, quavering, shivering, trembling, cowardly, fearful, jittery, nervous, shy, timorous, excited, shaking, timid, wavering, aquiver, aspen
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Contemporary Examples of tremulous
This year that tremulous feeling of going to the airport became different.Twin Disasters Turn 2014 Into the Year of Flying Dangerously
July 19, 2014
That tremulous “uhhhh,” which lasted more than a full second, gave the game away.Democrats Need to Get Specific to Make Obamacare a Winner
February 19, 2014
Rather than risk creating a “tremulous” signature, Lincoln instead commenced massaging his giant hands together.A Mighty Act: The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 2013
Historical Examples of tremulous
The aged philosopher endeavoured to speak, but his voice was tremulous with emotion.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The bridge was tremulous beneath me, and marked the tremor of the solid earth.Other Tales and Sketches
"It was my father's sword," replied Theseus, with a tremulous voice.Tanglewood Tales
In the first place, Marcia's tremulous state made it difficult.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He was feeble, and his hands were tremulous with a perpetual nervous motion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
- showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Word Origin for tremulous
1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
- Characterized by tremor.