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



    BrE BrE//ˈkweɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkweɪvər//
    Reading music
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  1. 1 (British English) (North American English eighth note) (music) a note that lasts half as long as a crotchet / quarter note See related entries: Reading music
  2. 2[usually singular] a shaking sound in somebody’s voice
  3. Word Originlate 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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