[ adjective ] vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze


"a quaking bog" "the quaking child" "quivering leaves of a poplar tree" "with shaking knees" "seemed shaky on her feet" "trembling hands"

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

His voice grew high and trembling .

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

Suddenly a treble auto horn tootley-toot-tootled , and , thumbing hopefully , I saw emergent in windshield flash : red lips , streaming silk of blonde hair and - ah , trembling confusion of hope , apprehension , despair - the leering face of old Herry .

Related terms


[ noun ] a shaky motion


"the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"

Used in print

(T. C. McClary, "The Flooded Desert," Argosy,...)

He moved back to the wheel and stood there blowing , grasping the top of a spoke to still the trembling of his played-out limbs .