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quaver

verb [I] uk   /ˈkweɪ.vər/ us    /-vɚ/
If a person's voice quavers, it shakes, usually because of emotion: Her voice began to quaver and I thought she was going to cry.
quavery
adjective uk   /-i/ ( also quavering,   /-ɪŋ/   ) us  

quaver

noun uk   /ˈkweɪ.vər/ us    /-vɚ/

quaver noun (MUSICAL NOTE)

[C] UK specialized ( US eighth note) music a musical note that is half as long as a crotchet

quaver noun (SHAKE)

[S] a slight shake in someone's voice, especially because of emotion: There was a quaver in her voice as she thanked her staff for all their support.
Translations of “quaver”
in Spanish temblar, vibrar…
in French chevroter…
in German zittern…
in Chinese (Traditional) (聲音)顫抖…
in Chinese (Simplified) (声音)颤抖…
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