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[uh-kwiv-er] /əˈkwɪv ər/
in a state of trepidation or vibrant agitation; trembling; quivering (usually used predicatively):
The bamboo thicket was aquiver with small birds and insects. The exciting news set me aquiver.
Origin of aquiver
1880-85; a-1 + quiver1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then all aquiver with his eagerness did Ederyn kneel, with face alight, beside the minstrel's knee to hear.

    Keeping Tryst Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Besides, his late contact with Tessibel Skinner had left him aquiver.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • aquiver with excitement, he sprang into the dory and quickly rowed to the beach, some distance from the camp.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • The entire audience was aquiver with suspense, keen to the point of anguish.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • Molly's system might be aquiver with wonder but she never showed loss of wits or poise.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • The marchesa entered all aquiver: she had thoughts of witchcraft.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • Buoyant, blooming, aquiver with startled emotions, she threw out her hands with a passionate gesture of protest.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • The next day, he finds the boy all aquiver and covered with pimples.

  • She drew herself up and seemed frightened; her intent gaze was all aquiver, all aglow with expectation.

    A Sportsman's Sketches Ivan Turgenev
  • Her heart seemed beating in her throat, and every fibre of her being was aquiver.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
Word Origin and History for aquiver

1864, from a- (1) + quiver (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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