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quaver

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verb qua·ver \ˈkwā-vər\

Simple Definition of quaver

  • of your voice : to produce sound in an unsteady way especially because you are afraid or nervous

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quaver

quavered

quavering

play \ˈkwā-və-riŋ, ˈkwāv-riŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  tremble

  3. 2 :  trill

  4. 3 :  to utter sound in tremulous tones

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to utter quaveringly

quaveringly

adverb

quavery

play \ˈkwā-və-rē, ˈkwāv-rē\ adjective

Examples of quaver in a sentence

  1. Her voice quavered during the speech.

  2. He spoke in quavering tones.



Origin and Etymology of quaver

Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble


First Known Use: 15th century


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quaver

noun qua·ver

Simple Definition of quaver

  • : an unsteady sound in someone's voice that is caused by fear or other strong emotions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quaver

  1. 1 :  eighth note

  2. 2 :  trill 1

  3. 3 :  a tremulous sound

Examples of quaver in a sentence

  1. There was a quaver in his voice.



1570

First Known Use of quaver

1570


QUAVER Defined for Kids

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quaver

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verb qua·ver \ˈkwā-vər\

Definition of quaver for Students

quavered

quavering

  1. :  to sound in shaky or unsteady tones <My voice quavered nervously.>




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quaver

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noun qua·ver

Definition of quaver for Students

  1. :  a sound that trembles or is unsteady <My voice was a little too loud and there was a distinct quaver in it … — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>



Headscratcher for quaver

Quaver and quiver look a lot alike, sound a lot alike, and in fact they both mean “to tremble.”



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