quake [kweyk] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (used without object), quaked, quak·ing.
- (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
- (of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake.
- an earthquake.
- a trembling or tremulous agitation.
Origin of quake before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian to shake, trembleRelated formsquak·ing·ly, adverbun·quak·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for quake shudder. See shiver1. 2. quiver. Related Words for quaking quail, totter, pulsate, quiver, throb, convulse, twitter, move, jar, cower, shrink, shudder, fluctuate, shiver, waver, rock, tremor, tremble, wobble, jitter Examples from the Web for quaking Contemporary Examples of quaking1.
Obama and the Democrats generally have a history of quaking when this deficit talk starts up.
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Historical Examples of quaking
Standing on that quaking wall Foulet and I stared at each other.
Quaking, reeling, almost falling, she came tottering down the patio.
Father Pifferi, quaking with fear, thought he was there to protect Roma.
Then the wreckers, hand in hand, quaking and whimpering, stepped out to the mouth of the cave.
Quaking with undefined fears, he pushed on until he had joined them.
British Dictionary definitions for quaking quaking adjective
- unstable or unsafe to walk on, as a bog or quicksanda quaking bog; quaking sands
quake verb (intr)
- to shake or tremble with or as with fear
- to convulse or quiver, as from instability
- the act or an instance of quaking
- informal short for earthquake
Word Origin for quake Old English cwacian; related to Old English cweccan to shake, Old Irish bocaim, German wackeln Word Origin and History for quaking quake v.
Old English cwacian “quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth),” related to cweccan “to shake, swing, move, vibrate,” of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.
early 14c., “a trembling in fear,” from quake (v.). Rare except in combinations. Now usually as a shortening of earthquake, in which use it is attested from 1640s. Old English had the verbal noun cwacung “shaking, trembling.”