(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. suffixRelated formstrem·u·lous·ly, adverbtrem·u·lous·ness, nounun·trem·u·lous, adjectiveun·trem·u·lous·ly, adverbun·trem·u·lous·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of tremulously
Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?
"Anybody can move that waiter that's a mind to," she said, tremulously.
"I care for only one thing in this world," he said, tremulously.
"You may understand some things before that," Mrs. Adams said, tremulously.
"I'll do anything you wish me to, Bartley," she said tremulously.
British Dictionary definitions for tremulously
Derived Formstremulously, adverbtremulousness, noun
vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Word Origin for tremulous
C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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Word Origin and History for tremulously
1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
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Related formstrem′u•lous•ness n.
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