- 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 quavering
In a quavering voice she says: “We met and we never left each other.”'In Cold Blood' in Ukraine
May 3, 2014
Not of age—merely of time; for here was no senility, no quavering or fretful lines.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
My heart sank and my voice dwindled to a quavering, unfamiliar whisper.The Bacillus of Beauty
Still looking from him, "I said you were very good to me," she said in a quavering whisper.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
A querulous, high-pitched voice, quavering with the palsy of extreme age.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
"Dass his blood," he said, in the same gentle, quavering tone.The Gentleman From Indiana
- 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 quavering
"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.