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tremulous

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adjective trem·u·lous \-ləs\

Simple Definition of tremulous

  • : shaking slightly especially because of nervousness, weakness, or illness

  • : feeling or showing a lack of confidence or courage

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tremulous

  1. 1 :  characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors

  2. 2 :  affected with timidity :  timorous

  3. 3 :  such as is or might be caused by nervousness or shakiness <a tremulous smile>

  4. 4 :  exceedingly sensitive :  easily shaken or disordered

tremulously adverb
tremulousness noun

Examples of tremulous in a sentence

  1. She opened the letter with tremulous hands.

  2. 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 of tremulous

Latin tremulus — more at tremble


First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with tremulous


TREMULOUS Defined for Kids

tremulous

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adjective trem·u·lous \ˈtre-myə-ləs\

Definition of tremulous for Students

  1. 1 :  marked by trembling or shaking <… quite near him were two rabbits sitting up and sniffing with tremulous noses … — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>

  2. 2 :  fearful 2, timid




Medical Dictionary

tremulous

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adjective trem·u·lous \ˈtrem-yə-ləs\

Medical Definition of tremulous

  1. :  characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors

tremulousness noun




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