- The definition of a quiver is a case for arrows.
An example of a quiver is the bag which hung over Robin Hood's back to hold his arrows.
- Quiver is defined as to shake rapidly or tremble.
An example of quiver is a cold shiver.
A woman quivers from the cold.
Origin of quiverMiddle English quiveren ; from Old English cwifer-, eager, akin to Middle Dutch quiveren ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwei-, to live, lively: see bio-
- a case for holding arrows
- the arrows in it
Origin of quiverMiddle English quyuere ; from Old French coivre ; from Germanic an unverified form kukur (from source Old English cocer, quiver, sheath, German köcher, quiver), probably a loanword from the Huns
intransitive verbquiv·ered, quiv·er·ing, quiv·ers
- To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement.
- To tremble, as from cold or strong emotion. See Synonyms at shake.
Origin of quiverMiddle English quiveren, perhaps from quiver, nimble (from Old English cwifer-; see gwei- in Indo-European roots).
- A portable case for holding arrows.
- A case full of arrows.
- A collection or store; arsenal: a quiver of ready responses.
Origin of quiverMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman quiveir, variant of Old French cuivre, from Old Low Franconian cocar, probably from Medieval Latin cucurum, probably from Hunnish; akin to Mongolian k&odie;k&udie;r.
- (weaponry) A container for arrows, crossbow bolts or darts, such as those fired from a bow, crossbow or blowgun.
- (figuratively) A ready storage location for figurative tools or weapons.
- He's got lots of sales pitches in his quiver.
- Shaking or moving with a slight trembling motion.
- (mathematics) A multidigraph.
From Middle English quiver, from Anglo-Norman quiveir, from Old Dutch cocare (compare Dutch koker), from Hunnic *kukur (“flask, cask”) (compare Uyghur (Taranči) kökür, Kazakh kökkör), from Mongolic *köky- (“to suckle”) (compare Kalmyk кøкyp (kokür, “leather flask for kumis”), Middle Mongolian [script?] (køkygyr, “cowhide water- or wine-cask”)). Replaced early modern English cocker. More at cocker.
(third-person singular simple present quivers, present participle quivering, simple past and past participle quivered)
From Middle English quiveren, probably from the adjective.