verb (used without object), quaked, quaking.
(of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like:
He spoke boldly even though his legs were quaking.
(of things) to shake or tremble, as from shock, internal convulsion, or instability:
The earth suddenly began to quake.
a trembling or tremulous agitation.
unstable or unsafe to walk on, as a bog or quicksand: a quaking bog, quaking sands
to shake or tremble with or as with fear
to convulse or quiver, as from instability
the act or an instance of quaking
(informal) short for earthquake
Old English cwacian “quake, tremble, chatter (of teeth),” related to cweccan “to shake, swing, move, vibrate,” of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative. In reference to earth tremors, probably by c.1200. Related: Quaked; quaking.
early 14c., “a trembling in fear,” from quake (v.). Rare except in combinations. Now usually as a shortening of earthquake, in which use it is attested from 1640s. Old English had the verbal noun cwacung “shaking, trembling.”
noun 1. a bog formed of peat or woven rushes and shrubs that forms over water or soft mud and shakes when walked upon.
noun 1. See under (def 1). [as-puh n] /ˈæs pən/ noun 1. any of various poplars, as Populus tremula, of Europe, and P. tremuloides (quaking aspen) or P. alba (white aspen) of America, having soft wood and alternate ovate leaves that tremble in the slightest breeze. adjective 2. of or relating to the aspen. 3. […]
noun 1. any of several grasses of the genus Briza, having spikelets with slender, drooping stalks. noun 1. any grass of the genus Briza, of N temperate regions and South America, having delicate flower branches that shake in the wind
[kwey-kee] /ˈkweɪ ki/ adjective, quakier, quakiest. 1. tending to ; shaky or tremulous. /ˈkweɪkɪ/ adjective quakier, quakiest 1. inclined to quake; shaky; tremulous