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tremulous

[trem-yuh-luh s] /ˈtrɛm yə ləs/
adjective
1.
(of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
2.
timid; timorous; fearful.
3.
(of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering.
4.
(of writing) done with a trembling hand.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix
Related forms
tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
untremulous, adjective
untremulously, adverb
untremulousness, noun
Synonyms
1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
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Examples from the web for tremulous
  • The tremulous surface of the orchestra music is deceptively calm, allowing the vocal lines to dominate.
  • And in striving for pathos, her singing sometimes turned breathy and tremulous.
  • And she describes her tremulous, but definite, steps toward the future.
British Dictionary definitions for tremulous

tremulous

/ˈtrɛmjʊləs/
adjective
1.
vibrating slightly; quavering; trembling: a tremulous voice
2.
showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
Derived Forms
tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake
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Word Origin and History for tremulous
adj.

1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).

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tremulous in Medicine

tremulous trem·u·lous (trěm'yə-ləs)
adj.
Characterized by tremor.


trem'u·lous·ness n.
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