shiver

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1shiv·er

noun \ˈshi-vər\

Definition of SHIVER

:  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

2shiver

verb
shiv·eredshiv·er·ing \ˈshi-və-riŋ, ˈshiv-riŋ\

Definition of SHIVER

:  to break into many small pieces :  shatter

First Known Use of SHIVER

13th century

Rhymes with SHIVER

3shiver

verb
shiv·eredshiv·er·ing \ˈshi-və-riŋ, ˈshiv-riŋ\

Definition of SHIVER

intransitive verb
1
:  to undergo trembling :  quiver
2
:  to tremble in the wind as it strikes first one and then the other side (of a sail)
transitive verb
:  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

4shiver

noun

Definition of SHIVER

1
:  an instance of shivering :  tremble
2
:  an intense shivery sensation especially of fear —often used in plural with the <horror movies give him the shivers>
3
:  a hard blow (as with a forearm) especially to the head or neck

First Known Use of SHIVER

1727

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