It was the voice of Grannie, low and quavery; she was rocking the cradle.
It was as quavery as old Doctor Fleury's, the Methodist preacher who's laid off from work.
At that Grannie fell to rocking herself as well as the child, and to singing a hymn in a quavery voice.
But a thin and quavery and over-disturbing sound from the swing-box out on the sleeping-porch brought me up short.
His voice was high and quavery; not a good pulpit voice, Conn thought.
“It would be good to set the mizzen-topgallant,” I heard Captain West mutter in a weak, quavery voice.
He talked broken an quavery, an it took him a long time to finish; but when he did quit, he turned on his bad breathin again.
"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.
1560s, in music, "eighth note," from quaver (v.). Meaning "a tremble in the voice" is from 1748.