Definition of quaver verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

quaver

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quaver
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvər//
 
he / she / it quavers
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvərz//
 
past simple quavered
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvərd//
 
past participle quavered
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvərd//
 
-ing form quavering
BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) if somebody’s voice quavers, it is unsteady, usually because the person is nervous or afraid ‘I'm not safe here, am I?’ she asked in a quavering voice. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the general sense ‘tremble’): from dialect quave ‘quake, tremble’, probably from an Old English word related to quake. The noun is first recorded (mid 16th cent.) as a musical term.
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