quaver


1qua·ver

verb \ˈkwā-vər\

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

qua·veredqua·ver·ing \ˈkwā-və-riŋ, ˈkwāv-riŋ\

Full Definition of QUAVER

intransitive verb
1
:  tremble
2
:  trill
3
:  to utter sound in tremulous tones
transitive verb
:  to utter quaveringly
qua·ver·ing·ly adverb
qua·very \ˈkwā-və-rē, ˈkwāv-rē\ adjective

Examples of QUAVER

  1. Her voice quavered during the speech.
  2. He spoke in quavering tones.

Origin of QUAVER

Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to QUAVER

2quaver

noun

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

Full Definition of QUAVER

2
:  trill 1
3
:  a tremulous sound

Examples of QUAVER

  1. There was a quaver in his voice.

First Known Use of QUAVER

1570

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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