|part of speech:
||quailed, quailing, quails
||to show signs of great fear, as by shrinking back, cowering, or shaking.
The children quailed as the fearsome figure approached.
- blench, cower, cringe, flinch, quake
- similar words:
- funk, quiver, recoil, shrink, shy, tremble, wince
||dread, fear, quake, startle