(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. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tremulousness

Historical Examples of tremulousness

  • Mrs. Dowling permitted a tremulousness to become audible in her voice.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • A tremulousness about the mouth betrayed a nervous temperament.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • It was with a feeling not far removed from tremulousness that I entered the room.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • There was no tremulousness in his voice or manner; nothing hurried, nothing simulated.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • The barber, noticing his tremulousness, held the mirror for him.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for tremulousness



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 tremulousness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tremulousness in Medicine




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