quavering


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qua·ver

 (kwā′vər)
v. qua·vered, qua·ver·ing, qua·vers
v.intr.
1. To quiver, as from weakness; tremble.
2. To speak in a quivering voice; utter a quivering sound.
3. Music To produce a trill on an instrument or with the voice.
v.tr.
To utter or sing in a trilling voice.
n.
1. A quivering sound.
2. Music
a. A trill.
b. An eighth note.

[Middle English quaveren, probably frequentative of cwavien, quaven, to tremble.]

qua′ver·ing·ly adv.
qua′ver·y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quavering - (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fearquavering - (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear; "the old lady's quavering voice"; "spoke timidly in a tremulous voice"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
Translations

quavering

[ˈkweɪvərɪŋ] ADJtrémulo, tembloroso

quavering

, quavery
adj voicebebend, zitternd; notestremolierend

quavering

[ˈkweɪvrɪŋ] adj (voice) → tremulo/a, tremolante
References in classic literature ?
that came to me in a quavering, quite unknown voice from his trembling lips.
He was voicing an utter woe, his cry bursting upward in great heart-breaking rushes, dying down into quavering misery, and bursting upward again with a rush upon rush of grief.
Without heeding Richard, he continued to sing a kind of wild, melancholy air, that rose, at times, in sudden and quite elevated notes, and then fell again into the low, quavering sounds that seemed to compose the character of his music.
asked the passenger, then, with mildly quavering speech.
As he marched he sang a bit of doggerel in a high and quavering voice:
Surprise and incredulity were in the tones of the quavering old voice.
Rokoff urged them to greater speed, and from the quavering note in his voice Jane Clayton knew that he was weak from terror.
When I was growing up Simkins was associated with quavering civil servants.
Rich, skillful instrumentation backs Kilgour's melodic and subtly quavering voice on standout tracks "Snowplow" and "Dirty Girl.