Words related to quaver

demisemiquaver (n.)

"musical note half the value of a semiquaver, 32nd note," 1706; see demi- + semi- + quaver (n.). A semiquaver (also demiquaver) was a 16th note.

hemidemisemiquaver (n.)
"sixty-fourth note" in music, 1848, from hemi- + demi- + semi- + quaver (n.).
semiquaver (n.)
"sixteenth-note," 1570s, from semi- + quaver (n.).
quake (v.)

Middle English quaken, from Old English cwacian "quake (of the earth), tremble, shudder (of persons, from cold, emotion, fear, fever, etc.), chatter (of teeth)," related to cweccan "to shake, swing, move, vibrate," words of unknown origin with no certain cognates outside English. Perhaps somehow imitative (compare quag, quaver, quiver (v.), Middle English quaven "tremble, shake, palpitate," c. 1200). Related: Quaked; quaking. In Middle English formerly also with strong past-participle form quoke. The North American quaking aspen is so called by 1822.

quiver (v.)

"to tremble, shake tremulously, shudder," late 15c., perhaps imitative, or possibly an alteration of quaveren (see quaver), or from quiver (adj.) "active, agile, lively, brisk" (mid-13c.), from Old English cwifer- (in cwiferlice "zealously"), which is perhaps related to cwic "alive" (see quick (adj.)). Compare Middle Dutch kuyveren "to tremble." Related: Quivered; quivering. As a noun, "act or state of quivering," by 1715, from the verb.