Word of the Day Archive
Sunday September 2, 2001
tremulous \TREM-yuh-luhs\ , adjective:
1. Shaking; shivering; quivering; as, a tremulous motion of the hand or the lips; the tremulous leaf of the poplar.
2. Affected with fear or timidity; trembling.
With an address for his father at last in his possession, Sead could scarcely contain a tremulous excitement.
-- Roger Cohen, Hearts Grown Brutal
In any event, when I thrust myself out of bed so violently, my heart became tremulous, . . . and I had the direst sense of mortality I have ever experienced.
-- Jim Harrison, The Road Home
Tremulous comes from Latin tremulus, from tremere, "to tremble."