• (RP) IPA: /ˈkwɪvə/
  • (GA, Canada) enPR: kwĭˈvər, IPA: /ˈkwɪvəɹ/

quiver (plural quivers)

  1. (weaponry) A container for arrows, crossbow bolts or darts, such as those fired from a bow, crossbow or blowgun.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act I, Scene I, line 271:
      Don Pedro: Nay, if Cupid have not spent all his quiver in Venice, thou wilt quake for this shortly.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 39:
      Arrows were carried in quiver, called also an arrow case, which served for the magazine, arrows for immediate use were worn in the girdle.
  2. (figuratively) A ready storage location for figurative tools or weapons.
    He's got lots of sales pitches in his quiver.
  3. (obsolete) The collective noun for cobras.
  4. (mathematics) A multidigraph.
Translations Translations Adjective


  1. (archaic) Nimble, active.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Part II, Act III, Scene II, line 281:
      [...] there was a little quiver fellow, and 'a would manage you his piece thus; and 'a would about and about, and come you in and come you in.

quiver (quivers, present participle quivering; past and past participle quivered)

  1. (intransitive) To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.
    • c. 1588–1593, [William Shakespeare], The Most Lamentable Romaine Tragedie of Titus Andronicus: […] (First Quarto), London: Printed by Iohn Danter, and are to be sold by Edward White & Thomas Millington, […], published 1594, OCLC 222241046 ↗, [Act II, scene iii] ↗:
      The birds chaunt#English|chaunt melodie on euerie buſh, / The ſnakes{{sic
      And left the limbs still quivering on the ground.
    • 1919 October, John Galsworthy, chapter VIII, in Saint’s Progress, London: William Heinemann, published December 1919, OCLC 731506428 ↗, part III, page 300 ↗:
      And the moonlight on the Church seemed to shift and quiver—some pigeons perhaps had been disturbed up there.

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