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[kwiv-er] /ˈkwɪv ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for quivery
Historical Examples
  • Roll of Bensoulbenjamin rolled to the quivery loveshivery roofpanes.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • For a minute, it had a strange, quivery appearance—unreal and unsubstantial.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • The sun was shining down, and the air was clear and quivery.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • Hanging from it were all kinds of glittery, quivery, sparkly things in silver and gold.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • You know she never can stand anybody all jumpy, and jerky, and quivery, like you are now.

  • It always gives me a quivery thrill to realize who you are as well as how nice you are.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • She was thin and quivery, and her tongue was hanging out and her eyes staring.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • I asked, 170 with a quivery little feeling that the world was going topsyturvy with other people besides me.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • Yes, and she had felt funny herself that evening—a numb, quivery, prickly kind of sensation: it may have been the thunder-storm!

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for quivery


(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
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Word Origin and History for quivery



"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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quivery 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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