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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] mainly UK specialized (US usually 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.
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