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quaver

verb qua·ver \ ˈkwā-vər \

Definition of quaver

quavered; quavering play \ˈkwā-və-riŋ, ˈkwāv-riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :tremble
2 :trill
3 :to utter sound in tremulous tones
transitive verb
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of quaver

Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble

quaver Synonyms


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quaver

noun

Definition of quaver

2 :trill 1
3 :a tremulous sound

Examples of quaver in a Sentence

  1. There was a quaver in his voice.

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First Known Use of quaver

1533


QUAVER Defined for English Language Learners

quaver

verb

Definition of quaver for English Language Learners

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


quaver

noun

Definition of quaver for English Language Learners

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


QUAVER Defined for Kids

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quaver

verb qua·ver \ ˈkwā-vər \

Definition of quaver for Students

quavered; quavering
:to sound in shaky or unsteady tones
  • My voice quavered nervously.

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quaver

noun

Definition of quaver for Students

: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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