shudder

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

Other Words from shudder

Noun

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

Synonyms for shudder

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and Vladimir Putin would rejoice; Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi would shudder. Arthur Goldhammer, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 The language Putin used caused some historians to shudder. John Blake, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 But the elderly Filipinos did not shudder or recoil. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 All of them will shudder at left-wing anti-Semitism, often framed as anti-Zionism, and at the anti-Semitism pervasive on the nativist and xenophobic right. Mark Oppenheimer, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Every now and then when coming to stop signs the brakes on my 2014 Hyundai Sonata will shudder. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, 21 Oct. 2021 This seems like a tricky maneuver and one that even Houdini would shudder at trying to magically accomplish. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Even residents who shudder at the potential return of punishments — such as chopping off the hands of thieves — say some security has returned to Kabul since the Taliban swept in on Aug. 15. Kathy Gannon, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 As students jostle into school buildings and Broadway theaters shudder back to life, the most obvious signs of a new hygienic alertness will be masks and vaccination cards. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Candidate loans of any amount are legal, but how winning candidates are paid back makes campaign finance watchdogs shudder. Liz Ruskin, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2022 When economies shrink and poverty rates increase, political systems shudder. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 3 June 2022 As Ukrainian forces battled to take back the village, another artillery round struck, this time on the municipal building’s roof, sending a shudder throughout the structure. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 30 May 2022 While such talk might make people like general manager Rob Pelinka shudder, Plaschke came away with the impression that the current staff will be given at least this summer and next season to clean up their mess. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Reilly really doesn’t mind being anywhere in L.A. — even (shudder) the Westside. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 These new laws have placed Florida in the national spotlight and made tourism officials shudder. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Whether delivered via text, WhatsApp, email or — shudder — Slack, these three words appear in front of you like a portent of terrible things to come. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 29 Mar. 2022 Property owners living in more coveted areas of New York should look at what is happening upstate and shudder. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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More Definitions for shudder

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

shudder

intransitive verb
shud·​der | \ ˈshəd-ər How to pronounce shudder (audio) \
shuddered; shuddering

Medical Definition of shudder

: to tremble convulsively : shiver

Other Words from shudder

shudder noun

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