Simple Definition of tremulous
: shaking slightly especially because of nervousness, weakness, or illness
: feeling or showing a lack of confidence or courage
Examples of tremulous in a sentence
She opened the letter with tremulous hands.
He spoke with a tremulous voice.
Did You Know?
Do you suspect that tremulous must be closely related to tremble? If so, you're right. Both of those words derive from the Latin verb tremere, which means "to tremble." Some other English offspring of tremere are tremor, tremendous, temblor (another word for earthquake), and tremolo (a term that describes a vibrating and quavering musical effect that was particularly popular for electric guitars and organs in the 1970s).
Origin and Etymology of tremulous
Latin tremulus — more at tremble
First Known Use: 1611
Rhymes with tremulous
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Medical Definition of tremulous
: characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors
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