tremulous [trem-yuh-luhs] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective

  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.

Origin of tremulous 1605–15; Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffixRelated formstrem·u·lous·ly, adverbtrem·u·lous·ness, nounun·trem·u·lous, adjectiveun·trem·u·lous·ly, adverbun·trem·u·lous·ness, nounSynonyms for tremulous 1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid. 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.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • “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 tremulous adjective

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

    Derived Formstremulously, adverbtremulousness, nounWord Origin for tremulous C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake Word Origin and History for tremulously tremulous adj.

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

    tremulously in Medicine tremulous [trĕm′yə-ləs] adj.

    1. Characterized by tremor.

    Related formstrem′u•lous•ness n.

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