Definition of quiver noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪvər//
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  1. 1an emotion that has an effect on your body; a slight movement in part of your body He felt a quiver of excitement run through him. Jane couldn't help the quiver in her voice.
  2. 2a case for carrying arrows
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Middle English: from Old English cwifer ‘nimble, quick’. The initial qu- is probably symbolic of quick movement (as in quaver and quick). noun sense 2 Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French quiveir, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch koker and German Köcher.Extra examples She couldn’t help the quiver in her voice.
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