Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

tremulous

[trem-yuh-luh s]
See more synonyms for tremulous on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
  2. timid; timorous; fearful.
  3. (of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
  4. (of writing) done with a trembling hand.
Show More

Origin of tremulous

1605–15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix
Related formstrem·u·lous·ly, adverbtrem·u·lous·ness, nounun·trem·u·lous, adjectiveun·trem·u·lous·ly, adverbun·trem·u·lous·ness, noun

Synonyms

See more synonyms for tremulous on Thesaurus.com
1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tremulously

Historical Examples

  • Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?

    Main Street

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "Anybody can move that waiter that's a mind to," she said, tremulously.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • "I care for only one thing in this world," he said, tremulously.

  • "You may understand some things before that," Mrs. Adams said, tremulously.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • "I'll do anything you wish me to, Bartley," she said tremulously.

    Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ

    Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes


British Dictionary definitions for tremulously

tremulous

adjective
  1. vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
  2. showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Show More
Derived Formstremulously, adverbtremulousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tremulously

tremulous

adj.

1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tremulously in Medicine

tremulous

(trĕmyə-ləs)
adj.
  1. Characterized by tremor.
Show More
Related formstremu•lous•ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.