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: to shake slightly because you are afraid, nervous, excited, etc.
: to shake slightly because of some force
: to be afraid or nervous
Full Definition of TREMBLE
: to shake involuntarily (as with fear or cold) :shiver
: to move, sound, pass, or come to pass as if shaken or tremulous<the building trembled from the blast>
: to be affected with great fear or anxiety <trembled for the safety of her child>
Examples of TREMBLE
His arms and legs began to tremble.
My voice trembled as I began to speak.
I opened the letter with trembling hands.
The house trembled as the big truck drove by.
Origin of TREMBLE
Middle English, from Anglo-French trembler, from Medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus tremulous, from tremere to tremble; akin to Greek tremein to tremble
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of TREMBLE
: an act or instance of trembling; especially: a fit or spell of involuntary shaking or quivering
plural but sing in constr: severe poisoning of livestock and especially cattle by a toxic alcohol present in a snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) and rayless goldenrod that is characterized especially by muscular tremors, weakness, and constipation