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.
Historical Examples

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.).


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