un quaking


verb (used without object), quaked, quaking.
(of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
(of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability: The earth suddenly began to quake.
an earthquake.
a trembling or tremulous agitation.

before 900; Middle English; Old English cwacian to shake, tremble

quakingly, adverb
unquaking, adjective

1. shudder. See shiver1. 2. quiver.
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quake (kweɪk)
1.  to shake or tremble with or as with fear
2.  to convulse or quiver, as from instability
3.  the act or an instance of quaking
4.  informal short for earthquake
[Old English cwacian; related to Old English cweccan to shake, Old Irish bocaim, German wackeln]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cwacian "quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside Eng. Perhaps somehow imitative. The noun is attested from c.1300, but was rare except in combinations.
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