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tremble (v.)

c. 1300, "shake from fear, cold, etc.," from Old French trembler "tremble, fear" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *tremulare (source also of Italian tremolare, Spanish temblar), from Latin tremulus "trembling, shaking, quaking," from tremere "to tremble, shiver, quake," from PIE *trem- "to tremble" (source also of Greek tremein "to shiver, tremble, to quake, to fear," Lithuanian tremiu, tremti "to chase away," Old Church Slavonic treso "to shake," Gothic þramstei "grasshopper"). A native word for this was Old English bifian. Related: Trembled; trembling. The noun is recorded from c. 1600.

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Definitions of tremble from WordNet
1
tremble (v.)
move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways;
2
tremble (n.)
a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement;
Synonyms: shiver / shake
From wordnet.princeton.edu