Is quiver a word?
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What noun is quiver?
When was the word quiver brought into the English language?
There are two types of quiver: A case for holding arrows (noun) to tremble or shake (verb) 1. A quiver, noun: The word first appeared in English in written form in 1322. It is from the Anglo-French 'quivier', which is from Old French, 'quivre'. 2. To quiver, verb: Oldest appearance of the English spelling of the verb as 'quiver' was in the year 1490. 'quiver' may be from the old verb quaveren. (Now replaced by 'quaver') Going back even further, maybe the root was the Old English word 'cwifer', which may have some connection with 'cwic', which meant 'alive'. (Related English expression "The quick and the dead.") Of course, we have no way of knowing how long the word quiver was used as a spoken word in the English language before it first appeared in its written form. For more information, see 'Related links' below.