verb (used with or without object)
- to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
- the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.
- (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
- the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
- a case for arrows
v.“to tremble,” late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice “zealously”), which is perhaps related to cwic “alive” (see quick). Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun in this sense from 1715, from the verb. n.“case for holding arrows,” early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur “container” (cf. Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur “quiver”); “said to be from the language of the Huns” [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.