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shiver

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noun shiv·er \ˈshi-vər\

Definition of shiver

  1. :  one of the small pieces into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence



Origin of shiver

Middle English; akin to Old High German scivaro splinter


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with shiver


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shiver

verb shiv·er

Definition of shiver

shiveredshivering play \ˈshi-və-riŋ, ˈshiv-riŋ\

  1. :  to break into many small pieces :  shatter



13th Century

First Known Use of shiver

13th century


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shiver

verb shiv·er

Definition of shiver

shiveredshivering play \ˈshi-və-riŋ, ˈshiv-riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to undergo trembling :  quiver

  3. 2 :  to tremble in the wind as it strikes first one and then the other side (of a sail)

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause (a sail) to shiver by steering close to the wind



Origin of shiver

Middle English, alteration of chiveren


First Known Use: 15th century


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shiver

noun shiv·er

Definition of shiver

  1. 1 :  an instance of shivering :  tremble

  2. 2 :  an intense shivery sensation especially of fear —often used in plural with the <horror movies give him the shivers>

  3. 3 :  a hard blow (as with a forearm) especially to the head or neck



1727

First Known Use of shiver

1727



SHIVER Defined for Kids

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shiver

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verb shiv·er \ˈshi-vər\

Definition of shiver for Students

shiveredshivering

  1. :  to shake slightly (as from cold or fear)




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shiver

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noun shiv·er

Definition of shiver for Students

  1. :  a small shaking movement of the body (as from cold or emotion) <a shiver of delight>





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