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

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 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 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, 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, 13 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 If about to confront a Detroit-style pothole looming fast, don’t expect a ker-thump as a wheel drops into it, or feel any thudder-judder in the steering. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2021 As the plane descends, there’s a lurch and a judder, a sense of doom. Hamilton Cain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 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, 15 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Judder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judder. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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