jud·​der | \ ˈjə-dər How to pronounce judder (audio) \
juddered; juddering; judders

Definition of judder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to vibrate with intensity the engine stalled and kept juddering— Roy Spicer



Definition of judder (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: the action or sound of juddering

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Examples of judder in a Sentence

Verb the engine began to judder alarmingly just a few miles outside of Brighton
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No screens, no juddering technology or buffering, no contending with the distracting horror of your own disembodied face. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "In Praise of Phone Calls," 18 Mar. 2020 The hooker ended up hurting himself as a result of his bone-juddering hit on Artemyev but Samoa was again reprieved as Matu'u was also only shown a yellow. Ben Church, CNN, "Samoa escapes double red card as it rallies to win against Russia," 24 Sep. 2019 Trump allies seized on Mueller's at times juddering performance, tweeting out a range of derogatory assessments, ranging from the critical to the cruel. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A very good day’: Trump and allies claim victory in Mueller’s performance," 25 July 2019 As the train juddered through the Bulgarian countryside, Javed, fighting a mild fever, lay on his back and went over his plans. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 In particular, the GMC’s adaptive-damping suspension felt a little behind, failing to contain transient wheel juddering after hitting uneven surface. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 Bikes judder around so violently that water bottles jump out of their cages and chains hop off the gears. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 The cracks had formed as the ice skidded and juddered over a subglacial mountain. National Geographic, "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing," 13 June 2018 Only with the juddering transition to democracy could Russia begin the gradual acquisition of collective self-knowledge. Christian Caryl, New Republic, "How Russia's democratic hopes gave way to repressive nationalism.," 27 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the plane descends, there’s a lurch and a judder, a sense of doom. Hamilton Cain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Silence,' by Don DeLillo," 23 Oct. 2020 Ride quality is generally compliant with the standard steel-spring suspension, but there can be some hard hits on rough pavement and some chassis judder with the top down. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2017 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet: Chic elegance for endless summer," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of judder


1931, in the meaning defined above


1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for judder


probably alteration of shudder

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The first known use of judder was in 1931

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“Judder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judder. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of judder

British : to shake in a forceful way

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