from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the Society of Friends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A believer of the Quaker faith and a member of the Society of Friends, known for their pacifist views.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who quakes.
  • n. One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.
  • n.
  • n. The nankeen bird.
  • n. The sooty albatross.
  • n. Any grasshopper or locust of the genus Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who quakes or trembles.
  • n. [capitalized] One of the religious denomination called the Society of Friends.
  • n. A Quaker gun (which see, under gun).
  • n. In entomology, one of certain noctuid moths: an English collectors' name. Agrotis castanea is the common quaker, and Mamestra nana is the small quaker. Also quaker-moth.
  • n. A Philadelphian or Pennsylvanian: from the historical association of Quakers with that city and that State.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who quakes and trembles with (or as with) fear
  • n. a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)


From quake (from an early leader's admonishment to "tremble at the word of the Lord”).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A name given to members of the Religious Society of Friends in England when, in his defense, the leader of the Society said that the English judge would be the one to quake with fear before God on his Day of Judgment. (Wiktionary)



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