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  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.
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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 for tremulous

1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
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Examples from the Web for tremulously

Historical Examples of tremulously

  • 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


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

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tremulously in Medicine


  1. Characterized by tremor.
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Related formstremu•lous•ness n.
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