Definition of tremulous in English:



  • 1Shaking or quivering slightly:

    ‘Barbara's voice was tremulous’
    • ‘These largely acoustic songs reacquaint us with his tremulous, soulful vocals and cutting lyrical style.’
    • ‘Just remember as you hear the tremulous reporter, voice quaking in empathy, why the farmer is crying.’
    • ‘I suspect that it can only break the perfection of the story, particularly its tremulous, precarious existence on the edge of my world.’
    • ‘In silhouette, Grant also looked the part, with gravity-defying, ironic quiff and long tremulous limbs.’
    • ‘Among tremulous flora and fauna are tremandra plants, with their shaking anthers, the gelatinous tremella fungi, and treron pigeons.’
    • ‘Album opener ‘Petrified Possessions’ is guided by a plodding piano line that's backed by a tremulous guitar adorned with tines of feedback.’
    • ‘But while he shares some of Young's tremulous vocal ability, this is someone with a unique perspective on the America terrain.’
    • ‘By publicizing their private lives, they make us question the tremulous line between life and art.’
    • ‘Back they come with the sublimely melodic ‘On The Chin’, led by one of those Ennio Morricone-style, tremulous guitar lines that have become a Tortoise trademark.’
    • ‘No, whether they're writing tremulous lo-fi acoustica or clashing pop symphonies, their lyrically exploratory heart of darkness is at least as important to the Delgados' ethic.’
    • ‘And then he could hear a smile and a tremulous quality in her voice.’
    • ‘I drove all over York looking for her,’ says Geoff in a voice still tremulous with anxiety despite having Tessa back by his side in the cosy Cygnet pub in Price Street.’
    • ‘He lowered it slightly and said in a tremulous voice as he gazed at the snow covered ground, ‘I pity you.’’
    • ‘His voice softens and opens up, threading a tremulous quaver through its easy melody.’
    • ‘Bring back to your slow, tremulous simmer, and cook for 4-5 hours minimum, ideally 6 or 7.’
    • ‘But if you close your eyes, it is suddenly so clear how young he is, how high and tremulous is his voice.’
    • ‘It was in the muted laughter from dark alleys and the half caught lyrics from dance and jazz halls where women with tremulous voices sang about love and death, in such a way as to make one seem like torture, and the other almost jolly.’
    shaky, trembling, shaking, unsteady, quavering, wavering, quivering, quivery, quaking
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    1. 1.1 Timid; nervous:
      ‘he gave a tremulous smile’
      • ‘At the bottom of the carriage step, she turned and sent Christopher a slightly tremulous smile.’
      • ‘On a timid, tremulous performance of REM's Everybody Hurts, she sounds like a reticent schoolgirl suddenly asked to perform at Live Aid.’
      • ‘I'm plodding on with the street scene painting and it's beginning to come to life in spite of my tremulous incompetence.’
      • ‘The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice.’
      • ‘We see her tremulous schoolgirl self auditioning for the band along with a trio of equally improbable hopefuls: a ukulele-playing nun, an upper-crust saxophonist and a male drummer ready to don a frock to dodge the draft.’
      • ‘She took a slow step toward him and offered a tremulous smile.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, I hear his voice, weak and tremulous, at the base of my neck.’
      • ‘Sara inclined her head, offering a tremulous smile between quick glances.’
      • ‘He still felt slightly tremulous as he left the Yard and began to pass the small shops and restaurants that lined the street leading to Harvard Square.’
      • ‘Her throat tightened and she released a tremulous smile.’
      • ‘It's all beautifully acted, but I didn't care about Susan and John and their tremulous relationship, laden with supercilious, middlebrow significance.’
      • ‘Sara felt Christopher's firmer squeeze and forced a tremulous smile.’
      • ‘The voice on the phone from New York is tremulous, unfailingly polite, marked by hesitations and bursts of nervous laughter.’
      • ‘It's a film where work, good and bad, is done by men, with women getting to play the tremulous wives or daughters.’
      • ‘‘I guess we've both been trying to keep things under wraps,’ she suggested with a tremulous smile.’
      • ‘And a tremulous smile haunts her lips as she realizes that the audition is only partly to blame.’
      • ‘'My life is hard enough as it is,’ she offered with a tremulous smile his direction.’
      • ‘Sara blinked back the tears of hope and happiness and fear and relief before lifting her eyes to offer him a small and tremulous smile.’
      • ‘She meets his surprised gaze, her wide lips giving him a tremulous smile that makes his chest tighten with emotion.’
      • ‘A population without a balanced attitude to risk leads to extremes, with tremulous individuals cowering away from sausages while others seek out risk and self destruction through drugs.’
      timid, diffident, shy, hesitant, uncertain, timorous, unconfident, fearful, frightened, scared
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Early 17th century: from Latin tremulus (from tremere tremble) + -ous.