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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Not long after blurred spot in the snow, tremulously a form moved by the brink of the river.
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