I UK [ˈkweɪvə(r)] / US [ˈkweɪvər] verb [intransitive]
Word forms "quaver":
present tense I/you/we/they quaver he/she/it quavers present participle quavering past tense quavered past participle quavered
if your voice quavers, it is not steady because you are feeling nervous or afraid

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II UK [ˈkweɪvə(r)] / US [ˈkweɪvər] noun
Word forms "quaver":
singular quaver plural quavers
1) [countable] music British a very short musical note that is played for one eighth of the time of a semibreve
2) [singular] the sound of a voice that is not steady because the person speaking feels nervous or afraid

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  • Quaver — Qua ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quavering}.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To tremble;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quaver — Qua ver, v. t. To utter with quavers. [1913 Webster] We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some sprightly airs of the opera. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quaver — Qua ver, n. 1. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) An eighth note. See {Eighth}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quaver — index beat (pulsate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • quaver — (v.) to vibrate, tremble, early 15c., probably frequentative of cwavien to tremble, shake (early 13c.), probably related to Low Ger. quabbeln tremble, possibly of imitative origin. Meaning sing in trills or quavers first recorded 1530s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quaver — vb *shake, tremble, shudder, quake, totter, quiver, shiver, wobble, teeter, shimmy, dither Analogous words: falter, waver, vacillate, *hesitate: vibrate, fluctuate, sway (see SWING) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • quaver — ► VERB ▪ (of a voice) tremble. ► NOUN 1) a tremble in a voice. 2) Music, chiefly Brit. a note having the value of an eighth of a semibreve or half a crotchet, represented by a large dot with a hooked stem. DERIVATIVES quavery adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • quaver — [kwā′vər] vi. [ME quaveren, freq. of Early ME cwafien, to shake, tremble < OE * cwafian, prob. < IE base * gwēbh , wobbly, flabby, tadpole > Ger quappe & Du kwabbe, tadpole] 1. to shake or tremble 2. to be tremulous: said of the voice 3 …   English World dictionary

  • quaver — [[t]kwe͟ɪvə(r)[/t]] quavers, quavering, quavered 1) VERB If someone s voice quavers, it sounds unsteady, usually because they are nervous or uncertain. Her voice quavered and she fell silent. Syn: tremble N COUNT Quaver is also a noun. There was… …   English dictionary

  • quaver — [15] Quaver was derived from an earlier and now obsolete Middle English quave ‘tremble’. This was of Germanic origin (Low German has the related quabbeln ‘tremble’), and probably started life as a vocal realization of the action of trembling. The …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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