- to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble: He stood there quavering with fear.
- to sound, speak, or sing tremulously: Her voice quavered a moment and then she regained control.
- to perform trills in singing or on a musical instrument.
- to utter, say, or sing with a quavering or tremulous voice.
- a quavering or tremulous shake, especially in the voice.
- a quavering tone or utterance.
- Music (chiefly British ). an eighth note.
Origin of quaver
Examples from the Web for quaver
"But it must be sillier than usual," said Harriet, and her voice began to quaver.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
"One thousand and three hundred," said Ayoub with a quaver of uneasy defiance.The Sea-Hawk
Mr. Quaver's red nose was redder than ever, and he had a stern look.
Mr. Quaver led, and the choir followed like sheep, all in their own way and fashion.
Mr. Quaver and the old members opposed it, but they were voted down.
- to say or sing (something) with a trembling voice
- (intr) (esp of the voice) to quiver, tremble, or shake
- (intr) rare to sing or play quavers or ornamental trills
- music a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreveUsual US and Canadian name: eighth note
- a tremulous sound or note
Word Origin and History for quaver
"to vibrate, tremble," early 15c., probably a frequentative of cwavien "to tremble, shake" (early 13c.), which probably is related to Low German quabbeln "tremble," and possibly of imitative origin. Meaning "sing in trills or quavers" first recorded 1530s. Related: Quavered; quavering.
1560s, in music, "eighth note," from quaver (v.). Meaning "a tremble in the voice" is from 1748.