Quaver - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkweɪvər|  American pronunciation of the word quaver
Brit.  |ˈkweɪvə|  British pronunciation of the word quaver


- a tremulous sound
- a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note


- give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency (syn: waver)
- sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below (syn: trill, warble)


Her voice quavered during the speech.

He spoke in quavering tones.

There was a quaver in his voice.

His fine voice quavered.

'It's not true,' she said, in a quavering voice.

'No,' he quavered.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: quaver
he/she/it: quavers
present participle: quavering
past tense: quavered
past participle: quavered
singular: quaver
plural: quavers
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