- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle 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-
- quivery adjective
- a case for holding arrows
- the arrows in it
Origin: Middle English quyuere from Old French coivre from Germanic an unverified form kukur (from source Old English cocer, quiver, sheath, German kcher, quiver), probably a loanword from the Huns
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intransitive verb quiv·ered, quiv·er·ing, quiv·ers
Origin: Middle English quiveren, perhaps from quiver, nimble (from Old English cwifer-; see gwei- in Indo-European roots).
- quivˈer·ing·ly adverb
- quivˈer·y adjective
- A portable case for holding arrows.
- A case full of arrows.
- A collection or store; arsenal: a quiver of ready responses.
Origin: Middle 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 kkür.