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.
"You listen to me," said Miranda quaveringly. "Take the best place, regardless o' my sickness.