shudder

verb
shud·​der | \ ˈshə-dər How to pronounce shudder (audio) \
shuddered; shuddering\ ˈshə-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce shuddering (audio) \

Definition of shudder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to tremble convulsively : shiver, quiver

shudder

noun

Definition of shudder (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of shuddering

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Other Words from shudder

Noun

shuddery \ ˈshə-​d(ə-​)rē How to pronounce shuddery (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for shudder

Synonyms: Verb

agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shake, vibrate, wobble (also wabble)

Synonyms: Noun

quiver, shiver, tremble

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Examples of shudder in a Sentence

Verb

The old car shuddered to a halt. The house shuddered as a plane flew overhead.

Noun

a shudder ran through him as he stepped outside into the snow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the 1990s, popular culture shuddered, but couldn’t look away from, Anna Nicole Smith’s union with millionaire oilman, J. Howard Marshall, who was 61 years her senior. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Does Succession Get Tom and Shiv's Relationship Right? A Vanderbilt Says Yes.," 11 Aug. 2019 After all, the world shuddered when Trump ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and its battle group into the Persian Gulf last month. Nic Robertson, CNN, "With Iran, sometimes the logical explanation is the correct one," 14 June 2019 While some might shudder in fear of the giant arachnids, the Colorado tourism board puts together a list of viewing tips, for the brave soles who choose to get close. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mass tarantula migration expected to crawl through Colorado starting this month," 8 Aug. 2019 When law enforcement attempted to investigate, every potential witness transformed into a co-conspirator as Skidmore shuddered its doors to the outside world and nobody claimed to see anything. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Thursday: iZombie's corpse grows cold with series finale," 1 Aug. 2019 His absurd conclusion that Muslims cannot be trusted with full and unconditional religious freedom should make every person of faith and goodwill shudder. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "John Andrews’ speech “based in fear and deception”; Oil rules don’t work both ways; more letters (7/24/19)," 24 July 2019 Or when a goose bumped into the long arm of the ultralight that held the GoPro camera and the plane shuddered. Robin Aigner, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Man, a Tiny Aircraft, and a Flock of Geese: Flying Among Birds in France," 22 July 2019 Many of the cars shudder and jerk and frighten and irritate owners. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford secretly tells dealers: Fix faulty Focus, Fiesta transmissions until July 19," 18 July 2019 Like many Chicagoans, Barry Star shudders when someone asks for ketchup on a hot dog. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hot dog! 100 years of wieners at Hot Dog Heaven in Fort Lauderdale and Arbetter’s in Miami," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yep, Minnesota was hit by a (shudder) bomb cyclone, a kind of winter hurricane, in April. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "Minnesota might be cold, but the homes are hot on HGTV’s ‘Stay or Sell’," 30 Aug. 2019 Draymond Green has agreed to sign up for the long term, keeping the club’s storied trio of superstars intact, and the rest of the league felt a shudder of dreaded familiarity. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Draymond Green extension keeps Warriors among elite," 3 Aug. 2019 The middle class shudders at the memory of her presidency. The Economist, "Argentina’s main presidential candidates are ignoring the biggest problems," 12 July 2019 The arrangement shudders, as if disturbed by his outburst. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 The tent shudders on its stout poles and the tent fabric strains at its triple-sewn seams, seething and popping. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 While parts of the Bay Area shudder at the thought of more people and traffic, some cities are happy to have Facebook’s satellite offices. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Facebook is outgrowing its hometown. Where will it go next?," 26 May 2018 The first thing the pilots would have heard or felt is a bang, sway, or shudder, as the engine failed. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "How Southwest Flight 1380's Pilots Landed With a Blown Engine," 17 Apr. 2018 That poor teen having to consider (shudders) their back-up state school for a few weeks? Anne Branigin, The Root, "Black Teen Who Won Full Ride to 20 Colleges Wants Apology From Reporter Who Called His Effort 'Obnoxious'," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of shudder

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shudder

Verb

Middle English shoddren; akin to Old High German skutten to shake and perhaps to Lithuanian kutėti to shake up

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The first known use of shudder was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for shudder

shudder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shudder

of a person : to shake because of fear, cold, etc.
of a thing : to shake violently

shudder

verb
shud·​der | \ ˈshə-dər How to pronounce shudder (audio) \
shuddered; shuddering

Kids Definition of shudder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to tremble especially with fear or horror or from cold
2 : to move or sound as if being shaken The train slowed and shuddered to a halt.

shudder

noun

Kids Definition of shudder (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of trembling or shaking a shudder of fear
shud·​der | \ ˈshəd-ər How to pronounce shudder (audio) \
shuddered; shuddering

Medical Definition of shudder

: to tremble convulsively : shiver

Other Words from shudder

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