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tremulous (adj.)

1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere "to shake, quake, quiver" (see tremble (v.)). Related: Tremulously; tremulousness.

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Definitions of tremulous from WordNet

tremulous (adj.)
(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear;
spoke timidly in a tremulous voice
Synonyms: quavering
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