In a quavering voice she says: “We met and we never left each other.”
"I slew him in the house of a seaman," said the boy, in a quavering voice.
The quavering breath left his throat in long moans as he ran on and on and on.
Is not the delight of the quavering upon a stop in music the same with the playing of light upon the water?
Lights were poured on her, and quavering voices asked, "Have you got him?"
But while doing so, she does not stay her quavering and garrulous recital.
A faint, quavering moan stopped her at the corner of the house.
Her voice sank into quavering hesitation, a sob interrupted her.
He was still able to sustain, if it were necessary, a quavering, imperfect phrase.
The quavering voice of the irascible old villain had lost some of its malice.
"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.