Quaver meaning

kwā'vər
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.

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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.

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To quiver, as from weakness; tremble.
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To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound.
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To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice.
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To utter or sing in a trilling voice.
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A quivering sound.
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A trill.
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An eighth note.
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To shake or tremble.
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To be tremulous.
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To make a trill or trills in singing or playing.
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To utter in a tremulous voice.
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To sing or play with a trill or trills.
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A tremulous quality in a voice or tone.
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A trembling shake.
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A trembling of the voice, as in speaking or singing.
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(music) An eighth note, drawn as a crotchet (quarter note) with a tail.
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To shake in a trembling manner.
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(intransitive) To use the voice in a trembling manner, as in speaking or singing.
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To utter quaveringly.
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Origin of quaver

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