What are the definitions of primal and sliver?
She let him hold her. At first, there was a slight stiffness to her posture. It was as if a piece of her still expected to be hurt—a primal sliver that couldn't understand that it was possible to be touched out of love rather than anger.
- busterwasmycatLv 78 months agoFavorite Answer
primal refers to the primitive nature of a living being especially humans, the wild animal aspect. Sliver is definitely intended (it was as if a piece of her..), because sliver means a small piece, a splinter or thin needle or similar.
- John PLv 78 months ago
In that context - and note "in that context", not universally, the expression "primal shiver" (I assume you made a spelling mistake since "sliver" makes no sense there) means the sort of shaking feeling which comers from very basic instincts. If the original text used "sliver" then there was a typo in that text, or the writer used extremely strange language.
A "sliver" in the USA is the same as a "splinter" in Britain - a small piece of wood which has got just under your skin and which thus hurts.