Paul's voice quavered while giving his presentation to the class because he was very nervous.
- 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 of quaverMiddle 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 gw?bh-, wobbly, flabby, tadpole from source German quappe and 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
verbqua·vered, qua·ver·ing, qua·vers
- 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.
- Music a. A trill.b. An eighth note.
Origin of quaverMiddle English quaveren probably frequentative of cwavien, quaven to tremble
(third-person singular simple present quavers, present participle quavering, simple past and past participle quavered)
- to shake in a trembling manner.
- (intransitive) to use the voice in a trembling manner, as in speaking or singing.
- To utter quaveringly.