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Aquiver

[ə-ˈkwi-vər]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English

1.

In a state of excitement

2.

Trembling

Examples of Aquiver in a sentence

"I was all aquiver when I heard the news that my favorite movie star was in town."

"The combination of the thrilling news and the icy chill had me aquiver."

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About Aquiver

Looking deep into the history of aquiver, it shares roots with a Middle English word quiver, meaning 'agile' or 'quick.' Someone who is aquiver with excitement might move quickly with all of their anxious energy.

Did you Know?

Aquiver first appeared in English in 1864, and its roots come from the prefix a-, which, in this sense, means 'in,' and quiver, meaning 'to shake.' Literally, it means to be in a state of shaking.

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