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quail2

 
pronunciation:
kweIl
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: quails, quailing, quailed
definition: to show signs of great fear, as by shrinking back, cowering, or shaking.
The children quailed as the fearsome figure approached.
synonyms:
blench, cower, cringe, flinch, quake
similar words:
funk, quiver, recoil, shrink, shy, tremble, wince