quaveringly


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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.
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Adv.1.quaveringly - in an unsteady quavering manner; "the man began quaveringly to question the soldier"
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The little girl reeled and, recovering herself, burst into tears and quaveringly cursed him.
The youth, aghast and filled with wonder at the tall soldier, began quaveringly to question him.
For example, in Confessions of a Beachcomber he described drifting over a coral garden: 'Tiny fish, glowing like jewels, flash and dart among the intricate, interlacing branches, or quaveringly poise about some slender point--humming-birds of the sea, sipping their nectar.