What does quiver mean?

Definitions for quiver
ˈkwɪv ərquiver

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word quiver.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tinglenoun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  2. shaking, shakiness, trembling, quiver, quivering, vibration, palpitationnoun

    a shaky motion

    "the shaking of his fingers as he lit his pipe"

  3. quivernoun

    case for holding arrows

  4. vibration, quiver, quiveringverb

    the act of vibrating

  5. quiver, quake, palpitateverb

    shake with fast, tremulous movements

    "His nostrils palpitated"

  6. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiververb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  7. pulsate, beat, quiververb

    move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

    "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quiveradjective

    Nimble; active.

    There was a little quiver fellow, and he would manage you his piece thus; and he would about and about. William Shakespeare.

  2. QUIVERnoun

    A case for arrows.

    Etymology: this word seems to be corrupted from couvrir, Fr. or cover.

    As Dianne hunted on a day,
    She chanc’d to come where Cupid lay,
    His quiver by his head,
    One of his shafts she stole away,
    And one of hers did close convey
    Into the other’s stead;
    With that love wounded my love’s heart,
    But Dianne beasts with Cupid’s dart. Edmund Spenser.

    Diana’s nymphs would be arrayed in white, their arms and shoulders naked, bows in their hands, and quivers by their sides. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Her sounding quiver on her shoulder ty’d,
    One hand a dart, and one a bow supply’d. Dryden.

  3. To Quiververb

    The birds chaunt melody on every bush,
    The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind. William Shakespeare.

    O’er the pommel cast the knight,
    Forward he flew, and pitching on his head,
    He quiver’d with his feet, and lay for dead. Dryden.

    With what a spring his furious soul broke loose,
    And left the limbs still quivering on the ground. Addison.

    Eurydice with quiv’ring voice he mourn’d,
    And Heber’s banks Eurydice return’d. John Gay, Trivia.

    Dancing sun beams on the waters play’d,
    And verdant alders form’d a quiv’ring shade. Alexander Pope.

    The dying gales that pant upon the trees,
    The lakes that quiver to the curling breeze. Alexander Pope.

    Zelmane would have put to her helping hand, but she was taken with such a quivering, that she thought it more wisdom to lean herself to a tree and look on. Philip Sidney, b. ii.


  1. Quiver

    A quiver is a container for holding arrows, bolts, ammo, projectiles, darts, or javelins. It can be carried on an archer's body, the bow, or the ground, depending on the type of shooting and the archer's personal preference. Quivers were traditionally made of leather, wood, furs, and other natural materials, but are now often made of metal or plastic.


  1. quiver

    A quiver is a container or case for carrying arrows. In a more broad context, it can also be defined as shivering or trembling from fear or cold. In mathematics, particularly in graph theory, a quiver is a directed graph where multiple arrows (edges) between two points are allowed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quiveradjective

    nimble; active

  2. Quiververb

    to shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver

  3. Quivernoun

    the act or state of quivering; a tremor

  4. Quivernoun

    a case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person

  5. Etymology: [OF. cuivre, cuevre, coivre, LL. cucurum, fr. OHG. chohhri quiver, receptacle, G. kcher quiver; akin to AS. cocor, cocur, cocer, D. koker. Cf. Cocker a high shoe.]


  1. Quiver

    A quiver is a container for arrows, bolts, or darts. Quivers can be attached in various positions on an archer's body, the bow, or the ground, depending on the type of shooting and the archer's personal preference. Quivers were traditionally made of leather, wood, furs, and other natural materials, but are now often made of metal or plastic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quiver

    kwiv′ėr, adj. (Shak.) nimble, active.

  2. Quiver

    kwiv′ėr, n. a case for arrows.—adj. Quiv′ered, furnished with a quiver: sheathed, as in a quiver. [O. Fr. cuivre; from Old High Ger. kohhar (Ger. köcher); cog. with A.S. cocer.]

  3. Quiver

    kwiv′ėr, v.i. to shake with slight and tremulous motion: to tremble: to shiver.—ns. Quiv′er, Quiv′ering, a tremulous motion, shiver.—adv. Quiv′eringly, with quivering.—adj. Quiv′erish, tremulous. [A.S. cwifer, seen in adv. cwiferlíce, eagerly. Cf. Quick and Quaver.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. quiver

    A case or sheath for arrows.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Quiver is ranked #91981 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Quiver surname appeared 200 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Quiver.

    85% or 170 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    5.5% or 11 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiver in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quiver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of quiver in a Sentence

  1. Dan Bienvenue:

    We need every arrow in the quiver we can get, and private debt is one of the critical ones, there isn't a no-risk choice.

  2. Tim Feldmann:

    I quiver a bit when hearing of the lax usage of the word 'yoga' these days, a yoga studio down the road from us here in Miami offers 'yoga booty ballet'. In my ear, that is obviously an only commercial aspirational use of the word.

  3. Abraham Foxman:

    The President feels very strongly on this -- this is his legacy. And he's using every weapon in the arsenal he's got, but some of the arrows in his quiver might land in the wrong place.

  4. Manesh Patel:

    We continue to see that if we can lower your LDL significantly, we improve people’s cardiovascular health. And so we need as many different arrows in our quiver to try to get that done.

  5. Thomas Russo:

    I am delighted with the increased commitment to share repurchases, it may be a very large arrow in Berkshire's quiver to increase intrinsic value on a per-share basis.

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