[ trem-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˈtrɛm yə ləs /
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(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.
OTHER WORDS FOR tremulous
1 faltering, hesitant, wavering.
2 frightened; afraid.
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Origin of tremulous
1605–15; <Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM tremulous
trem·u·lous·ly, adverbtrem·u·lous·ness, nounun·trem·u·lous, adjectiveun·trem·u·lous·ly, adverb
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How to use tremulous in a sentence
Tremulously he drew the bow across the middle string, his bloodless fingers moving slowly up and down.The Fifth String |John Philip Sousa
"No more of 'sich doin's now, old man," Helen said to him, smiling rather tremulously.Ruth Fielding At College|Alice B. Emerson
There was no trace of coquetry in her eyes; she sighed tremulously.The Fire People|Ray Cummings
So, tremulously, she held on to his sleeve, until she stopped him.Hidden Gold|Wilder Anthony
They are made for fine execution; my hands are very good, but they are not so tremulously nervous,—so delicate or refined.
British Dictionary definitions for tremulous
/ (ˈtrɛmjʊləs) /
vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Derived forms of tremuloustremulously, adverbtremulousness, noun
Word Origin for tremulous
C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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