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Definition quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
  • She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • She tried to sound confident, but her voice was tremulous.
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • ...with every successive Sabbath, his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • 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
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • In the grass, white daisies were tremulous.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • To be sure, I laughed over this; but it was rather tremulous laughter;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • tremulous = nervous (quivering or shaky)
  • And from his lips came a soft, tremulous sigh.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • Ronnie heard the tremulousness of her own voice.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • tremulousness = shakiness (trembling or quivering)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • and Lucy went with him, laying a rather tremulous hand on his mane.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • tremulous = quivering (usually from fear)
  • Now and again an ancestral spirit or egwugwu appeared from the underworld, speaking in a tremulous, unearthly voice and...
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • tremulous = quivering
  • "I think so," said Neville tremulously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • tremulously = with a quivering (shaky) voice — usually from weakness or fear
  • Her voice took me by surprise; it didn't match her face at all; it was musical and slightly tremulous.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • tremulous = shaky (quivering)
  • It is always good to return home, she said tremulously.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • tremulously = in a quivering (shaky) manner
  • Then more lines appeared, one by one, tremulous arcs and circles sweeping through the darkness.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • tremulous = quivering
  • Isabelle smiled down at him tremulously.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • tremulously = with quivering (shakiness)
  • Call oh small boy, with the long tremulous cry that echoes over the hills.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • "I'm chief," said Ralph tremulously.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • tremulously = with quivering (shakiness)
  • Rubbed his eyes with tremulous hands.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • Derby was imagining letters to home, his lips working tremulously.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • tremulously = with quivering
  • Now, tremulously, experimentally, daring to test, the Witch inhaled.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
tremulously = with quivering (shakiness)

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