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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

Full Definition of quaver

qua·veredqua·ver·ing 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

qua·ver·ing·ly adverb
qua·very play \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


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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

Full Definition of quaver

  1. 1 :  eighth note

  2. 2 :  trill 1

  3. 3 :  a tremulous sound

Examples of quaver

  1. There was a quaver in his voice.



1570

First Known Use of quaver

1570



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