Definition of tremulous in English:

tremulous

Syllabification: trem·u·lous
Pronunciation: /ˈtremyələs
 
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adjective

1Shaking or quivering slightly: Barbara’s voice was tremulous
More example sentences
  • His voice softens and opens up, threading a tremulous quaver through its easy melody.
  • Just remember as you hear the tremulous reporter, voice quaking in empathy, why the farmer is crying.
  • He lowered it slightly and said in a tremulous voice as he gazed at the snow covered ground, ‘I pity you.’
Synonyms
shaky, trembling, shaking, unsteady, quavering, wavering, quivering, quivery, quaking, weak, warbly, trembly
1.1Timid; nervous: he gave a tremulous smile
More example sentences
  • On a timid, tremulous performance of REM's Everybody Hurts, she sounds like a reticent schoolgirl suddenly asked to perform at Live Aid.
  • 'My life is hard enough as it is,’ she offered with a tremulous smile his direction.
  • ‘I guess we've both been trying to keep things under wraps,’ she suggested with a tremulous smile.
Synonyms
timid, diffident, shy, hesitant, uncertain, nervous, jittery, timorous, frightened, scared, anxious, apprehensive
informal trepidatious

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin tremulus (from tremere 'tremble') + -ous.

Derivatives

tremulously

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘His race,’ Nichols wrote tremulously this spring, ‘is being read as a measure of the potency of progressive politics in America.’
  • Her increasing tendresse for the handsomest young officer leads to some regulation song and dance numbers, crooning, scurrying in formation around and about the countryside and melting tremulously into each other's arms.
  • We watched local farmers slowly make their way through rice terraces, and a baby goat - umbilical cord still attached - bleat for its mother while tremulously attempting to walk.

tremulousness

noun
More example sentences
  • The result includes anything from dry mouth, nausea, and fatigue to dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and my personal favourite, tremulousness.
  • This is no time to listen to the voices of tremulousness, indecision, compromise and fear.
  • The patient experienced muscle weakness, tremulousness, ‘hot and cold’ feelings, paresthesias, diaphoresis, shivering, and frontal lobe headache starting 24 hours after discontinuation.

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