verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of quaver
Related Words for quavershudder, quiver, quake, wobble, vibrate, note, shiver, vacillate, waver, shake, falter, tremor, tremble, oscillate, trill
Examples from the Web for quaver
Historical Examples of 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.
Word Origin 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.