What does quaver mean?

Definitions for quaverˈkweɪ vər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quaver.

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

  6. Origin: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quaver

    kwā′vėr, v.i. to shake: to sing or play with tremulous modulations.—n. a trembling: a vibration of the voice: a note in music=half a crotchet or one-eighth of a semibreve.—n. Quā′verer.—adv. Quā′veringly. [Imit.; cf. Quiver, and Ger. quabbeln.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaver in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quaver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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