- The definition of tremble is a quiver or shake, often that occurs because of fear or cold.
When your voice is quivering, this is an example of a situation where there is a tremble in your voice.
- Tremble means to shake involuntarily, often out of fear or because you are cold.
- When you feel great fear about something, this is an example of a situation where you tremble with fear.
- When you are freezing cold and start shaking, this is an example of a situation where you tremble.
- When your voice quivers, this is an example of a situation where your voice trembles.
- to shake involuntarily from cold, fear, excitement, fatigue, etc.; shiver
- to feel great fear or anxiety
- to quiver, quake, totter, vibrate, etc.
- to quaver: her voice trembled
Origin: Middle English tremblen from Old French trembler from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tremulare from Classical Latin tremulus, trembling from tremere, to tremble from Indo-European an unverified form trem- (from base an unverified form ter-) from source Glassical Greek tremein, to tremble
- the act or condition of trembling
- a fit or state of trembling
- ☆ a disease of cattle and sheep caused by a poisonous, oily alcohol contained in certain plants, as white snakeroot, and characterized by muscular tremors and a stumbling gait: communicated to humans as milk sickness
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intransitive verb trem·bled, trem·bling, trem·bles
- To shake involuntarily, as from excitement or anger; quake. See Synonyms at shake.
- To feel fear or anxiety: I tremble at the very thought of it.
- To vibrate or quiver: leaves trembling in the breeze.
- The act or state of trembling.
- A convulsive fit of shaking. Often used in the plural with the.
- trembles (used with a sing. verb)a. An infectious viral disease of sheep that is transmitted by the tick Ixodes ricinus and affects the nervous system, causing galloping and trotting by little leaps and often prolonged trembling. Also called louping ill.b. Poisoning of domestic animals, especially cattle and sheep, caused by eating white snakeroot or rayless goldenrod and characterized by muscular tremors and weakening. Also called milk sickness.
Origin: Middle English tremblen, from Old French trembler, from Vulgar Latin *tremulāre, from Latin tremulus, trembling; see tremulous.
- tremˈbler noun
- tremˈbling·ly adverb
- tremˈbly adjective