verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of quaver
Examples from the Web for quavery
Historical Examples of quavery
It was the voice of Grannie, low and quavery; she was rocking the cradle.The Manxman
His voice was high and quavery; not a good pulpit voice, Conn thought.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
It was as quavery as old Doctor Fleury's, the Methodist preacher who's laid off from work.Mary Cary
Kate Langley Bosher
But a thin and quavery and over-disturbing sound from the swing-box out on the sleeping-porch brought me up short.The Prairie Mother
“It would be good to set the mizzen-topgallant,” I heard Captain West mutter in a weak, quavery voice.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
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.