Definition of tremble in English:

tremble

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Shake involuntarily, typically as a result of anxiety, excitement, or frailty.

    ‘Isobel was trembling with excitement’
    • ‘She could hear her raging heart beat wildly in her ears and she trembled with excitement and anxiety.’
    • ‘She could feel his hands trembling slightly at her waist.’
    • ‘My body quivered, my hands trembled, and my eyes began to fill with tears.’
    • ‘He removed his own coat, putting it around her scrawny shoulders which were trembling slightly, then reached down to place her hand in his.’
    • ‘Adam walked beside me, still trembling slightly.’
    • ‘Her hand trembled slightly, and then it began to positively shake.’
    • ‘Ivory's lip trembled slightly and her body shook with fear.’
    • ‘And he smote the air with his fists, and believers trembled with excitement.’
    • ‘He had broken out into a sweat and was trembling slightly.’
    • ‘I trembled with excitement as my ship rumbled to life.’
    • ‘He trembled slightly and said he wanted to be friends.’
    • ‘She's composed, but her lower lip's trembling slightly, and every few seconds, she'd bite it to try make it stop.’
    • ‘‘When the first truckload arrived, my hand was slightly trembling when shooting,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘His eyes were dull and he was trembling slightly.’
    • ‘The rain had stopped an hour ago and now a chill swept the air, rustling damp leaves and cutting through bare flesh which shook, trembled, beneath its rabid touch.’
    • ‘She began to tremble slightly in anticipation.’
    • ‘It was still trembling, so slightly he could barely feel it.’
    • ‘My hands trembled slightly as I locked my bike in front of the Rittenhouse Hotel.’
    • ‘Still trembling slightly, I returned to the kitchen and made a pot of strong coffee.’
    • ‘With her slim fingers slightly trembling, Amy disengaged the key he'd given her from her ring and let it spill from her hand to the floor.’
    shake, shake like a leaf, quiver, twitch, palpitate
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    1. 1.1 Be in a state of extreme apprehension.
      with infinitive ‘I tremble to think that we could ever return to conditions like these’
      • ‘It made him tremble to think that the people may be allowed to make this decision.’
      be afraid, be fearful, be filled with fear, be frightened, be apprehensive, worry, be anxious, be in a state of anxiety, shake in one's shoes
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    2. 1.2 Shake or quiver slightly.
      ‘the earth trembled beneath their feet’
      • ‘Out of the corner of her eye, she could see the dagger trembling slightly.’
      • ‘The bleached earth trembled beneath the soles of my boots.’
      • ‘The ground is still trembling beneath our feet.’
      • ‘I looked around with amazement as the earth trembled beneath my feet.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a low grunting sound could be heard, and the very earth trembled beneath them.’
      • ‘A woman in Sheffield told the cameras that her dressing table had trembled slightly but nothing had fallen off.’
      • ‘The pair then hurry back to the now deserted village with Kong in hot pursuit, the earth trembling beneath his very step.’
      • ‘The entire world seemed to tremble beneath his feet from the sheer magnitude of the howl, more powerful than a thousand lions' roars.’
      • ‘Upon entering the mist, they could hear thundering hooves from the other side as the ground trembled beneath their feet.’
      • ‘The call made her insides chill and stopped her in her tracks as the earth trembled slightly.’
      shake, shudder, judder, wobble, rock, vibrate, move, sway, totter, teeter
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noun

  • 1A trembling feeling, movement, or sound.

    ‘there was a slight tremble in his voice’
    • ‘I tip-toed across the room to cast a tentative arm across the tremble of her shoulders.’
    • ‘The thought of a battle sent more adrenaline coursing through her, but she successfully kept the tremble out of her voice.’
    • ‘Without warning, she felt the tremble of a sob wrench her body to the floor, hot tears pouring down her cheeks.’
    • ‘Finally coming back to herself, she tried to hide the tremble in her voice.’
    • ‘When the fish shakes its feelers, they thought, a slight tremble would occur.’
    • ‘His breath was warm on my face and I could swear I heard a tremble in his voice… or maybe that was just me.’
    • ‘And yet what I hear is so remote, a tremble displaced in time, so indifferent, its spent passion whizzing above my immobile frame.’
    • ‘The tremble of torpedoes and guns and the whine of planes sounded from somewhere far above.’
    • ‘When she firmly pressed her hand upon it, the door gave a slight tremble.’
    • ‘Jennifer grabbed her car door for support, and was heated with the evanescence of the shock wave, a slight tremble of the ground.’
    • ‘When I woke the next morning, it was with a pounding headache and a slight tremble in my limbs.’
    • ‘Lex drew it along his forearm with smooth precision, savoring the slight tremble under the blade.’
    • ‘I heard the tremble in his voice as he said her name, like he was afraid to mention her.’
    • ‘It was all she could do to keep the tremble from reaching her voice, and keep the eye contact from breaking.’
    • ‘She felt it with a tremble of happiness and hope as her dreary eyes watched the clouds turn from pink to white, the sky from orange to blue…’
    • ‘‘But I do now, and I ask it still,’ Elaine said insistently, but there was a tremble in her voice now.’
    • ‘There was a slight tremble just before that which had a magnitude of around 1.1.’
    • ‘But eventually everyone focused back on the subject at hand when the tremble in the arbitrator's voice hinted his conclusion.’
    • ‘Even when Mr. Taylor reminds Lisa and I about our detention I only experience a slight tremble.’
    • ‘Stuffing a strand of hair behind her ear, Darcy answered without a tremble in her voice, though inside she felt like her bones had turned to jelly.’
    tremor, shake, shakiness, trembling, quiver, twitch, twitchiness
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  • 2the tremblesinformal A physical or emotional condition marked by trembling.

    • ‘In his situation, many a man has come down with the trembles.’
    1. 2.1
      another term for milk sickness

Phrases

  • all of a tremble

    • informal Extremely agitated or excited.

      • ‘I declare I was all of a tremble for fear Mr. Box should come in before Mr. Cox went out.’
      • ‘It wasn't funny to me, though; I was all of a tremble to see his danger.’
      • ‘My own brother, we grew up together; and I am all of a tremble, all of a tremble!’
      • ‘‘I'm all of a tremble - I've gone all wishy-washy,’ said Mrs Pepper after the Prince had left.’
      • ‘I came out all of a tremble, and began turning the spit.’
      • ‘Somehow, I knowed it was Jesus, an’ right den I waked up all of a tremble, an’ knowed it was a warnin’ dat I mus’ foller de Lord.’
      • ‘This coincidence threw the prophet almost into a frenzy, and the poor people were all of a tremble.’
      • ‘He could stand only half of it, nervously snapped off the switch, went to bed all of a tremble.’
      • ‘I had to slam the door, and there I stood, all of a tremble, till I knew he had gone.’
      • ‘I held on by him, for he had set me all of a tremble with his notion of a sail in sight, and watched for the Long-boat again.’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French trembler, from medieval Latin tremulare, from Latin tremulus (see tremulous).

Pronunciation

tremble

/ˈtrɛmb(ə)l/