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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: trembler, from Latin tremulus 'shaking', from tremere 'to tremble'

tremble

verb
     
trem‧ble [intransitive]
1 to shake slightly in a way that you cannot control, especially because you are upset or frightened:
His lip started to tremble and then he started to cry.
tremble with anger/fear etc
Greene was on his feet now, his body trembling with rage.
2 to shake slightly:
The whole house trembled as the train went by.
see usage note shake1
3 if your voice trembles, it sounds nervous and unsteady
4 to be worried or frightened about something:
I tremble to think what will happen when she finds out.
tremble noun [countable]
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shake, wobble, rattle, vibrate, tremble, shiver
Shake is a fairly general word. It can be used to talk about objects moving There was a loud bang and the building shook. It can also be used to talk about people's bodies moving because of cold, strong emotion, or illness Mary shook with rage. If something wobbles, it moves from side to side because it is not steady or balanced The desk wobbles when you put anything on it.If something hard rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds The wind blew and the windows rattled.If something vibrates, it makes small quick regular movements that you can hear or feel The engine began to vibrate.If someone trembles, their body shakes with very small movements, especially because they are angry, afraid, or excited Trembling, she approached him.If someone shivers, their body shakes with small movements, especially because they are cold or frightened We sat shivering under a blanket.See also shake

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