His barracks at Fort Carson sat near the artillery range and the booming shells sent him trembling under his bed.
Its new board member is part of “the reason that tyrants in the Middle East are now trembling in their boots.”
Her trembling hands clenched together, she looks at Joe with her kind, bruised face, and says, “Will you hold me, please?”
c.1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from Old French trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (source of Italian tremolare, Spanish temblar), from Latin tremulus "trembling, tremulous," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (cf. Greek tremein "to shiver, tremble," Lithuanian trimu "to chase away," Old Church Slavonic treso "to shake," Gothic þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was Old English bifian. Related: Trembled; trembling. The noun is recorded from c.1600.