Definitions for quaverˈkweɪ vər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

qua•verˈkweɪ vər(v.i.)

  1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble.

  2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously.

  3. to perform trills in music.

  4. (v.t.)to utter, say, or sing with a quavering voice.

  5. (n.)a quivering or trembling, esp. in the voice.

  6. a quavering tone or utterance.

  7. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: eighth note.

Origin of quaver:

1400–50; appar. freq. of ME quaven to tremble, shake


Princeton's WordNet

  1. quaver(noun)

    a tremulous sound

  2. eighth note, quaver(verb)

    a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note

  3. quaver, waver(verb)

    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

  4. warble, trill, quaver(verb)

    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below


  1. quaver(Noun)

    a trembling shake.

  2. quaver(Noun)

    a trembling of the voice, as in speaking or singing.

  3. quaver(Noun)

    an eighth note, drawn as a crotchet (quarter note) with a tail.

  4. quaver(Verb)

    to shake in a trembling manner.

  5. quaver(Verb)

    to use the voice in a trembling manner, as in speaking or singing.

  6. Origin: From quaveren, frequentative form of quaven, cwavien, equivalent to . Cognate with quabbeln, quabbeln, quappeln. More at quave, quab, quiver.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quaver(verb)

    to tremble; to vibrate; to shake

  2. Quaver(verb)

    especially, to shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid or tremulous vibrations, as in singing; also, to trill on a musical instrument

  3. Quaver(verb)

    to utter with quavers

  4. Quaver(noun)

    a shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music

  5. Quaver(noun)

    an eighth note. See Eighth

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a shaking or trembling

There was a quaver in her voice.

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