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She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
  quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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  • She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
  • She tried to sound confident, but her voice was tremulous.
  • ...with every successive Sabbath, his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The once occasional huskiness of his tone was heard no more; and a tremulous quaver, as if of extreme terror, habitually characterized his utterance.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher

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  • In the grass, white daisies were tremulous.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • To be sure, I laughed over this; but it was rather tremulous laughter;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Her voice took me by surprise; it didn’t match her face at all; it was musical and slightly tremulous.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Now and again an ancestral spirit or egwugwu appeared from the underworld, speaking in a tremulous, unearthly voice and...
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Ronnie heard the tremulousness of her own voice.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • And from his lips came a soft, tremulous sigh.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen

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  • "I think so," said Neville tremulously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • and Lucy went with him, laying a rather tremulous hand on his mane.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • "It means we’re on your side," says a tremulous voice behind me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "I’m chief," said Ralph tremulously.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Then more lines appeared, one by one, tremulous arcs and circles sweeping through the darkness.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • "I’m very hard to catch," she says in a tremulous voice.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Rubbed his eyes with tremulous hands.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • a tremulous voice called out.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Derby was imagining letters to home, his lips working tremulously.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Call oh small boy, with the long tremulous cry that echoes over the hills.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • As he led her over the threshold of the laboratory, Georgiana was cold and tremulous.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Now, tremulously, experimentally, daring to test, the Witch inhaled.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Isabelle smiled down at him tremulously.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • But the bride’s cold fingers quivered in the tremulous hand of the bridegroom, and her deathlike paleness caused a whisper that the maiden who had been buried a few hours before was come from her grave to be married.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • A ragged, ebony giant, squatted on the floor in one of the aisles, watched the orator with burning eyes and tremulous face until the supreme burst of applause came, and then the tears ran down his face.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It is always good to return home, she said tremulously.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • And the night before he was to go back to school he went up to bed tremulous with excitement.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I looked down at Roscoe, who was still in full-on tremulous mode.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • ...the musicians looked at each other and smiled as if at their own nervousness and folly, and made whispering vows, each to the other, that the next chiming of the clock should produce in them no similar emotion; and then, after the lapse of sixty minutes ... there came yet another chiming of the clock, and then were the same disconcert and tremulousness and meditation as before.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

    And frogs in the pools singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

    (from a poem by Sara Teasdale)
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Thomas took a tremulous glance back at the shredded madman at the window, then looked away immediately, wishing he hadn’t reminded his brain of the blood and torn flesh, the insane eyes, the hysterical screaming.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • He takes the last tremulous step and he’s suddenly clasping forearms with the old man who keeps saving his life.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • She considered what he’d said, then offered a tremulous smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • My fingers danced; intricate and quick they spun something gossamer and tremulous into the circle of light our fire had made.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Her eyes were cast downward, and as the door swung open a little, I took her hands cupped weakly into fists and she let me open them and hold them, her hands in my own tremulous hands.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • My voice, uncharacteristically tremulous, broke into the silence.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • At her brilliant eyes and tremulous smile her two daughters stared in unbelief.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Ralph begins with a tremulous smile.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • My voice grew tremulous and enraged, and it suddenly felt as if I were shouting from within a box with madmen surrounding me, ignoring me, and taunting me with their silence.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I smile, tremulous with relief, with gratitude.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The gun clicked, and I opened my mouth to scream, but all that came out was a tremulous sob.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • It was tremulous, as if someone had strummed the low strings of a harp.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He ran a tremulous finger along the edge of his goatee.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • With a tremulous murmur that sounded like ’My Saviour!’ she extended her arms towards the screen.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He does not detect in this young woman even a scrap of the tremulous little creature he had found behind a curtain six years before.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Her voice was hot and tremulous.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I could see by the tremulous light that even Van Helsing’s iron nerve had failed.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He wanted to build a house in Connecticut, and he spoke of it tremulously, like a young bridegroom and like a man groping for his last, secret goal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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