verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of quaver
Examples from the Web for quavered
Historical Examples of 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
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.