tremulous [trem-yuh-luhs] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective
- (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. 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,, wavering. 2. ; . Examples from the Web for tremulously Historical Examples of tremulously
Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?
“Anybody can move that waiter that’s a mind to,” she said, tremulously.
“I care for only one thing in this world,” he said, tremulously.
“You may understand some things before that,” Mrs. Adams said, tremulously.
“I’ll do anything you wish me to, Bartley,” she said tremulously.
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for tremulously tremulous adjective
- vibrating slightly; quavering; tremblinga tremulous voice
- 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).
tremulously in Medicine tremulous [trĕm′yə-ləs] adj.
- Characterized by tremor.
Related formstrem′u•lous•ness n.