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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
Scenes of wartime destruction in Aleppo are realized with impressive authenticity, courtesy of juddering sound work and Julie Berghoff’s textured production design, while a shivery, waterborne finale, staged under relentless lashings of rain, attains a genuine air of heart-in-mouth peril. Guy Lodge, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 Unfortunately for the would-be lesbian lovers on the run, crazy screaming lady — whose raspy yowl ensnares the listener in a juddering time loop — has other ideas. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 Ayer pumps everything up with a muscular shooting style, big-ass sound design, antsy cutting and a juddering score by David Sardy and Jared Michael Fry that leans into the brooding intensity. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2024 But as the Israeli military began its bombing campaign of Gaza, the building would judder dangerously with every nearby hit. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Baxter’s carriage is a horse’s head melded onto a juddering steam engine. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 Her entire body juddered, as if someone had kicked her, and her eyes drifted shut again. Shuang Xuetao, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 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
Trucks carrying quartz sand for all this construction judder along the highways. Gaiutra Bahadur Keisha Scarville, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 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

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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 20 May. 2024.

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