- The definition of a quaver is a shake or tremble in your voice.
If you are about to give a speech and are really nervous and your voice comes out shaky, the shake in your voice is an example of a quaver.
- Quaver is a situation where your voice shakes, trembles or expresses uncertainty.
If you are about to give a speech and you are really nervous and your voice trembles instead of coming out clear and strong, this is an example of a time when your voice quavers.
- to shake or tremble
- to be tremulous: said of the voice
- Music to make a trill or trills in singing or playing
Origin: Middle English quaveren, frequentative of Early Middle English cwafien, to shake, tremble from Old English an unverified form cwafian, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form gwēbh-, wobbly, flabby, tadpole from source German quappe and amp; Dutch kwabbe, tadpole
- to utter in a tremulous voice
- Music to sing or play with a trill or trills
- a tremulous quality in a voice or tone
- Brit. eighth note
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verb qua·vered, qua·ver·ing, qua·vers verb, intransitive
- To quiver, as from weakness; tremble.
- To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound.
- Music To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice.
- A quivering sound.
- A trill.
- Chiefly British An eighth note.
Origin: Middle English quaveren, probably frequentative of cwavien, quaven, to tremble.
- quaˈver·ing·ly adverb
- quaˈver·y adjective