tremulous

[trem-yuh-luhs]
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:
1605–15; < Latin tremulus, equivalent to trem(ere) to tremble + -ulus adj. suffix

tremulously, adverb
tremulousness, noun
untremulous, adjective
untremulously, adverb
untremulousness, noun


1. faltering, hesitant, wavering. 2. frightened; afraid.
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tremulous (ˈtrɛmjʊləs)
 
adj
1.  vibrating slightly; quavering; trembling: a tremulous voice
2.  showing or characterized by fear, anxiety, excitement, etc
 
[C17: from Latin tremulus quivering, from tremere to shake]
 
'tremulously
 
adv
 
'tremulousness
 
n

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tremulous
1611, from L. tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble).
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tremulous trem·u·lous (trěm'yə-ləs)
adj.
Characterized by tremor.


trem'u·lous·ness n.
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Example sentences
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.
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