- 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 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
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.
From Middle English quaveren, frequentative form of quaven, cwavien (“to tremble”), equivalent to quave + -er. Cognate with Low German quabbeln (“to quiver”), German quabbeln, quappeln (“to quiver”). More at quave, quab, quiver.