in a state of trepidation or vibrant agitation; trembling; (usually used predicatively):
The bamboo thicket was aquiver with small birds and insects. The exciting news set me aquiver.
Then all aquiver with his eagerness did Ederyn kneel, with face alight, beside the minstrel’s knee to hear.
Keeping Tryst Annie Fellows Johnston
Besides, his late contact with Tessibel Skinner had left him aquiver.
The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
aquiver with excitement, he sprang into the dory and quickly rowed to the beach, some distance from the camp.
Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
The entire audience was aquiver with suspense, keen to the point of anguish.
The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
Molly’s system might be aquiver with wonder but she never showed loss of wits or poise.
Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
The marchesa entered all aquiver: she had thoughts of witchcraft.
The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
Buoyant, blooming, aquiver with startled emotions, she threw out her hands with a passionate gesture of protest.
The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The next day, he finds the boy all aquiver and covered with pimples.
Contemporary Russian Novelists Serge Persky
She drew herself up and seemed frightened; her intent gaze was all aquiver, all aglow with expectation.
A Sportsman’s Sketches Ivan Turgenev
Her heart seemed beating in her throat, and every fibre of her being was aquiver.
Marriage H. G. Wells
1864, from a- (1) + quiver (v.).
variant of before r: arrear. variant of the adjective-forming suffix 1 , joined to words in which an l precedes the suffix: circular; lunar; singular . variant of 2 , often under the influence of a spelling with -ar- in a cognate Latin noun: burglar; cellar; collar; mortar; poplar; scholar; vicar; vinegar. variant of 1. […]
A(rchie) R(andolph) 1926–2001, U.S. poet. the classical name of the Egyptian divinity Amen, whom the Greeks identified with Zeus, the Romans with Jupiter. the ancient country of the , east of the Jordan River. Contemporary Examples Ammons is blunt: “The physical reconnection is over in minutes.” The War in the Living Room Gail Sheehy January […]
- Le sage
Alain René [a-lan ruh-ney] /aˈlɛ̃ rəˈneɪ/ (Show IPA), 1668–1747, French novelist and dramatist. Historical Examples “We shall be all right here,” said Le Sage, seating himself upon a stone. A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford How could Le Sage, who never had been in Spain, know this fact? Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine – Volume 55, […]
Alva (Reimer) [al-vuh rey-mer;; Swedish ahl-vah rey-muh r] /ˈæl və ˈreɪ mər;; Swedish ˈɑl vɑ ˈreɪ mər/ (Show IPA), 1902–86, Swedish sociologist and diplomat: Nobel Peace Prize 1982 (wife of Gunnar Myrdal). (Karl) Gunnar [kahrl guhn-er,, goo n-;; Swedish kahrl goo n-nahr] /kɑrl ˈgʌn ər,, ˈgʊn-;; Swedish kɑrl ˈgʊn nɑr/ (Show IPA), 1898–1987, Swedish sociologist […]