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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)
  • He had managed, with a heroic effort, to hold down the mounting pressure of his hilarity; but "sweet mother" (in the Savage's tremulous tone of anguish) and the reference to Tybalt lying dead, but evidently uncremated and wasting his phosphorus on a dim monument, were too much for him.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = quivering (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 the quality 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)
  • "Oh, don't, do-on't," she protested in a voice made grotesquely tremulous by his shaking.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = shaky
  • The voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • An almost naked Indian was very slowly climbing down the ladder from the first-floor terrace of a neighboring house–rung after rung, with the tremulous caution of extreme old age.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = timid or fearful (perhaps even shaky due to the slowness)
  • Rich with a wealth of harmonics, their tremulous chorus mounted towards a climax, louder and ever louder–until at last, with a wave of his hand, the conductor let loose the final shattering note of ether-music and blew the sixteen merely human blowers clean out of existence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = quivering
  • From time to time he stretched out his arms as though he were on the Cross, and held them thus through long minutes of an ache that gradually increased till it became a tremulous and excruciating agony; held them, in voluntary crucifixion, while he repeated, through clenched teeth (the sweat, meanwhile, pouring down his face), "Oh, forgive me!
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • tremulous = quivering (shaky)
  • 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

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