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[kwiv-er] /ˈkwɪv ər/
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.
Origin of quiver1
1480-90; origin uncertain; compare Middle Dutch quiveren to tremble
Related forms
quiverer, noun
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
unquivered, adjective
unquivering, adjective
1. quake, shudder, shiver. See shake. 2. shudder, shiver, shake. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quivering
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  • Libor said nothing, for his lips were twitching and quivering convulsively.

  • "You don't mean that," she gasped in a quivering voice when at last she could speak.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Hugh's voice was quivering with enthusiasm, his face a picture of relief.

    Nedra George Barr McCutcheon
  • “He was that indeed,” she whispered softly, with quivering lips.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The man with the revolver was quivering with excitement, while Frank, at whose head the weapon was held, seemed strangely calm.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for quivering


(intransitive) to shake with a rapid tremulous movement; tremble
the state, process, or noise of shaking or trembling
Derived Forms
quiverer, noun
quivering, adjective
quiveringly, adverb
quivery, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete cwiver quick, nimble; compare quaver


a case for arrows
Word Origin
C13: from Old French cuivre; related to Old English cocer, Old Saxon kokari, Old High German kohhari, Medieval Latin cucurum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quivering



"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.


"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quivering in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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