- 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 quavered
He quavered uncertainly down the steps, and Amelia called a halt.Tiverton Tales
"You see how it—how it made me look, mama," she quavered, having concluded her narrative.Alice Adams
Henriette endeavored to comfort them, but it was in a voice that quavered strangely.The Downfall
"I trust there has been no misunderstanding," quavered Mrs. Munt.Howards End
E. M. Forster
"It must have been the Hamburg bark that sailed last night," quavered Scanlon.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- 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 quavered
"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.