shudder

verb
shud·​der | \ˈshə-dər \
shuddered; shuddering\ ˈshə-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

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 \ 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

These vehicles groan and creak and shudder in unsettling ways. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 My pre-teen self just shuddered at the thought of JT’s manhood. refinery29.com, "Justin Timberlake Doesn’t Have BDE But He Is “Gifted,” A Former Co-Star Says," 30 June 2018 Hazel began shuddering when touched and couldn’t hold herself up or keep her eyes open. NBC News, "More dogs being poisoned by marijuana, vets say," 8 July 2018 Hussainy shuddered, saying just talking about that time makes her body seize up. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "'No one can stop me': Afghan artist Sughra Hussainy on women's rights and change through art," 3 July 2018 Meanwhile, the values that have defined U.S. foreign policy since World War II are shuddering and shaking. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "America’s Decline Never Seems to Arrive," 2 July 2018 All the striped bass off the Jersey Shore should shudder in fear. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "'It's time.' After 48 years, Mr. Nark hangs up his lab goggles at Gloucester Catholic," 13 June 2018 Rescuers cradled it in a shallow canal, their arms wrapped around its slick, shuddering body. Alex Horton, BostonGlobe.com, "No one could save a pilot whale that swallowed 17 pounds of plastic bags off Thailand," 3 June 2018 Amid talk of a political, constitutional and economic crisis, bond yields spiked and global stockmarkets shuddered (see article). The Economist, "Italy needs to be handled with care," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The kingdom accounts for almost one-sixth of world oil exports, and even a minor disruption here could send shudders through global markets. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 Violent shudders, quivers, and contortions suggest the pain of disease and mistreatment. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018 The first of the album's two instrumentals is the latter, and shudders with beauty -- with a guitar strum that drifts in search of a home, before the song expands into a swirl of piano and finger-snaps. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Interludes of All Time: Staff Picks," 9 Mar. 2018 Off the field, P.S.G.’s financial might, its naked ambition, is capable of making the game’s traditional elite shudder and tremble. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Loss to Real Madrid, P.S.G. Fails on the Big Stage It Covets," 14 Feb. 2018 While his campaign against corruption and his defense of the poor have struck a chord with voters, some of his attacks on Mexico’s institutions and his economic proposals have made the private sector shudder. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A man who goes by AMLO is the favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election," 29 June 2018 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 That ruthlessly efficient system helped bubonic plague kill nearly 25 million people and made the ancient world shudder in its tracks during the Justinian plague of 541–542. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "4,000-year-old genomes point to origins of bubonic plague," 12 June 2018 Your handbag is about to be so much more than a place to store all your old receipts, hair ties, and purse crumbs (*shudder*). Seventeen, "This Polly Pocket Purse Will Make Your Inner '90s Kid So Happy," 6 June 2017

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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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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 \
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 \
shuddered; shuddering

Medical Definition of shudder 

: to tremble convulsively : shiver

Other Words from shudder

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