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quiver (v.)

"to tremble, shake tremulously, shudder," late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from quiver (adj.) "active, agile, lively, brisk" (mid-13c.), from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice "zealously"), which is perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick (adj.)). Compare Middle Dutch kuyveren "to tremble." Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun, "act or state of quivering," by 1715, from the verb.

quiver (n.)

"case for holding arrows," early 14c., from Anglo-French quiveir, Old French quivre, cuivre, probably of Germanic origin, from Proto-Germanic *kukur "container" (source also of Old High German kohhari, German Köcher, Old Saxon kokar, Old Frisian koker, Old English cocur "quiver"); "said to be from the language of the Huns" [Barnhart]. Related: Quiverful.

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Definitions of quiver from WordNet
1
quiver (n.)
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright;
Synonyms: frisson / shiver / chill / shudder / thrill / tingle
quiver (n.)
a shaky motion;
Synonyms: shaking / shakiness / trembling / quivering / vibration / palpitation
quiver (n.)
case for holding arrows;
quiver (n.)
the act of vibrating;
Synonyms: vibration / quivering
2
quiver (v.)
shake with fast, tremulous movements;
Synonyms: quake / palpitate
quiver (v.)
move back and forth very rapidly;
Synonyms: flicker / waver / flitter / flutter
quiver (v.)
move with or as if with a regular alternating motion;
Synonyms: pulsate / beat
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