They were scarcely out of sight of the cabin when some distance behind them quavered a long high-pitched yell.
"I—I didn't come to get us adopted this time," she quavered.
"That is, of course, supposing the story to be true," quavered the old lord.
"I was just talking of you, Jacintha," quavered Dard in conclusion.
"Yes, sir," she quavered, while her husband's arm encircled her shoulders in courtly fashion.
"I'm—I'm—not carrying a watch or a purse to-night," quavered Mr. Leary.
A sound as of many voices wailing in agony rose and trembled and quavered in the air.
"You see how it—how it made me look, mama," she quavered, having concluded her narrative.
"I am not at all nervous," I quavered as he went down the steps.
Henriette endeavored to comfort them, but it was in a voice that quavered strangely.
"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.