Adjective "quavered" definition and examples

(Quavered may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(of a person's voice) shake or tremble in speaking, typically through nervousness or emotion.
  1. '‘I'm not safe here, am I?’ she said in a quavering voice'
  2. 'He came out, bowed down with sorrow, to settle on a bench, his voice quavering with a barely audible Yiddish lament.'
  3. '‘I couldn't stop in time,’ he explained, voice quavering.'
  4. 'Her voice quavers at the memories from inside but you get the sense she is far from beaten.'
  5. 'Nervous in the extreme, his voice quavered as he gave commands to his pupil, often so haltingly that he seemed nearly on the verge of choking.'
  6. '‘Sir,’ his voice quavered as he spoke, ‘they always look hungry to me.’'
  7. 'At least my voice wasn't quavering with every syllable.'
  8. 'Monty spins to attention, his head raised with great offense, his voice quavering with emotion - ‘Why did you say that?’'
  9. 'I tried to make the question light, but I felt my voice quaver.'
  10. 'Beres Hammond brings a deep sense of hurt and resignation to ‘Just Like a Woman’ as his voice quavers and breaks at the bridge; it's a warm lament over plangent Hammond organ.'
  11. 'To hear King - the real King - speak in that strange, quavering but powerful voice: ‘I had a dream’, you can hear and feel where the man got his traction.'


A shake or tremble in a person's voice.
  1. 'He had that same erudite quaver that suggested madness or brilliance and probably both.'
  2. 'The band's go-go dancers can't compete - she's a commanding guitarist, in high heels or not, and sings with Bowie's Katherine Hepburn quaver.'
  3. 'Brian's eyes were red and swollen, and his voice had a quaver.'
  4. 'Putting a little quaver in my voice, I looked to Megan and said, ‘What's she saying, sweetheart?’'
  5. 'Following the massive second song, Hecker calms thing down with some shorter minimal sketches, but they have the same seasick quaver as what came before.'
  6. 'First, the wolf's cry held a quaver that said he was getting on in years.'
  7. '‘This is the largest pristine wilderness in North America,’ Kennedy croaks in a froggy quaver.'
  8. '‘We're best friends,’ I say, a little quaver in my voice.'
  9. 'Strings swirl, melodies are caressed by her velvety vocal quaver, and the songs are simple in their expression of the feel-good sentiment.'
  10. 'Leo's trademark vocals are in full force, traversing the usual valleys of gut-wrenching falsetto and perfunctory quavers in resplendent multi-tracked glory.'
A note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreve or half a crotchet, represented by a large dot with a hooked stem.
  1. 'Hopkins, an amateur composer, often described his theory in terms of musical notation, speaking of rests, crotchets, and quavers.'
  2. 'Furthermore, a comparison of the way in which crotchets and quavers are notated makes it likely that the same scribe copied both works.'

More definitions

1. to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble: He stood there quavering with fear.

2. to sound, speak, or sing tremulously: Her voice quavered a moment and then she regained control.

3. to perform trills in singing or on a musical instrument. verb (used with object)

4. to utter, say, or sing with a quavering or tremulous voice. noun

5. a quavering or tremulous shake, especially in the voice.

6. a quavering tone or utterance.

7. Music (chiefly British)

More examples(as adjective)

"mists can be quavered."


(quaver)Late 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 century) as a musical term.