quiver

1 [kwiv-er]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble.
noun
2.
the act or state of quivering; a tremble or tremor.

Origin:
1480–90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble

quiverer, noun
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
unquivered, adjective
unquivering, adjective


1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake.
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quiver1 (ˈkwɪvə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
 
n
2.  the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
 
[C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver]
 
'quiverer1
 
n
 
'quivering1
 
adj
 
'quiveringly1
 
adv
 
'quivery1
 
adj

quiver2 (ˈkwɪvə)
 
n
a case for arrows
 
[C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum]

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Word Origin & History

quiver
"to tremble," 1490, perhaps onomatopoeic, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from O.E. cwifer-, perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick).

quiver
"case for holding arrows," 1322, from Anglo-Fr. quiveir, O.Fr. quivre, probably from P.Gmc. *kukur "container" (cf. O.H.G. kohhari, O.Fris. koker, O.E. cocur "quiver"); said to be from the language of the Huns.
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Quiver definition


the sheath for arrows. The Hebrew word (aspah) thus commonly rendered is found in Job 39:23; Ps. 127:5; Isa. 22:6; 49:2; Jer. 5:16; Lam. 3:13. In Gen. 27:3 this word is the rendering of the Hebrew _teli_, which is supposed rather to mean a suspended weapon, literally "that which hangs from one", i.e., is suspended from the shoulder or girdle.

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Example sentences
If the tremor affects the voice box, you may have a shaking or quivering sound
  to your voice.
Wood had the quivering intensity and speed of a greyhound himself, and the same
  lean, long-limbed physique.
At the dock two fishermen leaped from their boat and placed the quivering fish
  in a wooden litter.
Making it to this day of the week, our hearts are finally quivering with
  enjoyment.
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