|Origin:||trembler, from Latin tremulus 'shaking', from tremere 'to tremble'|
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.
to shake slightly: ➔ see usage note shake1
The whole house trembled as the train went by.
if your voice trembles, it sounds nervous and unsteady
to be worried or frightened about something:
I tremble to think what will happen when she finds out.
—tremble noun [countable]WORD CHOICE:
shake, wobble, rattle, vibrate, tremble, shiverShake 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