[ trem-yuh-luhs ]
/ ˈtrɛm yə ləs /


(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.

Nearby words

  1. tremolitic,
  2. tremolo,
  3. tremolo arm,
  4. tremor,
  5. tremulant,
  6. tremulously,
  7. trenail,
  8. trench,
  9. trench coat,
  10. trench fever

Origin of tremulous

1605–15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix

SYNONYMS FOR tremulous
1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.

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British Dictionary definitions for tremulously


/ (ˈtrɛmjʊləs) /


vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tremulously


[ trĕmyə-ləs ]


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

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