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

intransitive verb

chiefly British
: to vibrate with intensity
the engine stalled and kept judderingRoy Spicer


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chiefly British
: the action or sound of juddering

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
In these wondrously transporting images of juddering waves and swirling particles, accompanied by the rumbling, surging, keening strains of Ludwig Göransson’s magnificent score, Nolan makes a rare leap into realms of pure cinematic abstraction. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023 The crime-scene van was parked next to the black Honda Civic already identified as belonging to the shooter, the yellow tape marking its perimeter juddering in a helicopter gust. Jay Kirk, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Sometimes blue neon lights would judder along to her beat, but mostly the images (shot by Frances Arpaia) were smeary, underwater, car-window dreams. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 June 2021 If Veldhoven vanished tomorrow, our version of capitalism—our cellphone-toting, remote-working, Netflix-binging, online-buying, cloud-storing, smart car-driving, Internet-of-Things-ing capitalism—would judder to a halt. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 9 Apr. 2021 No screens, no juddering technology or buffering, no contending with the distracting horror of your own disembodied face. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 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, 10 Feb. 2019
It's made even better with Nvidia G-Sync, which eliminates screen tearing and judder by syncing the display's 240Hz refresh rate to the GPU output. PCMAG, 1 June 2023 Her screams echo and her whispers judder. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Qualcomm also claims to have achieved less than 9ms of motion-to-photon latency on the AR2 Gen 1, which should deliver a seamless wireless AR experience without any judder. Anshel Sag, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 The original version is distractingly riddled with judder. Vulture, 20 Dec. 2022 Its photos are poorly lit and awkwardly framed; its videos judder and blur. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 These monitors typically drop multiple frames at a time rather than creating judder by dropping every other frame. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 For instance, the way judder is handled natively (that is to say, without any processing in play) with 24p content can vary dramatically between different TVs. John Archer, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Games that support 120Hz frame rates look and feel fantastically smooth and responsive, with no hint of judder, blurring, dithering or any other artefacts. John Archer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History



probably alteration of shudder

First Known Use


1931, in the meaning defined above


1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 2 Oct. 2023.

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