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quavering

[ kwey-ver ]SEE DEFINITION OF quavering

Synonyms for quavering

  • falter
  • note
  • oscillate
  • quake
  • quiver
  • shake
  • shiver
  • shudder
  • tremble
  • tremor
  • trill
  • vacillate
  • vibrate
  • waver
  • wobble
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Antonyms for quavering

  • be still
  • calm
  • remain
  • stay
  • steady
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUAVERING

Not of age—merely of time; for here was no senility, no quavering or fretful lines.

My heart sank and my voice dwindled to a quavering, unfamiliar whisper.

Still looking from him, "I said you were very good to me," she said in a quavering whisper.

A querulous, high-pitched voice, quavering with the palsy of extreme age.

"Dass his blood," he said, in the same gentle, quavering tone.

Her voice, although feeble and quavering, was determined in tone.

His voice was as odd as his appearance, it was high-pitched and quavering.

Glory's voice, which had been quavering at first, gathered strength.

I asked him in a voice that was as cold and steady as his was hot and quavering.

The Martians were entertained by the quavering denunciation.

WORD ORIGIN

"to vibrate, tremble," early 15c., probably a frequentative of cwavien "to tremble, shake" (early 13c.), which probably is related to Low German quabbeln "tremble," and possibly of imitative origin. Meaning "sing in trills or quavers" first recorded 1530s. Related: Quavered; quavering.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR QUAVERING

decrepit

adjectivedeteriorated, debilitated, especially as a result of age

quivery

adjectivetremulous
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