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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those who shudder at the current state of the world can still hope — and plan for — a better day. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "How to Hold Onto Your Money, Wherever the Market Takes You," 10 Oct. 2020 And the possibility of the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament being cancelled is something athletic directors shudder to think about. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're praying to all things sports': Division II, III college athletic programs absorb financial blow of pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 But its cultural nationalism is both robust and organic, even among many left-liberal Swiss people who would shudder to think of themselves as nationalists of any kind. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Helvexit?," 17 Sep. 2020 The average British adult will shudder at the memory of school history lessons about plague, poverty and baffling poetry. The Economist, "Craft from the past Leaf through the newly digitised “St Albans Benefactors’ Book”," 8 June 2020 For an extra-special touch just in time for Mother's Day, the popular hair-dryer been reoutfitted in a gorgeous fuchsia color that's sure to make all of your mom's other beauty products shudder with jealousy. Sarah Han, Allure, "This Dyson Supersonic Hair-Dryer Set Is The Perfect Mother's Day Gift," 22 Apr. 2020 In the waning days of winter, America’s job engine shuddered to a halt. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Jobs Report Was Even Worse Than It Looked," 3 Apr. 2020 The battleship shuddered as another explosion, the most powerful yet, cracked its hull. Shaun Mckinnon, azcentral, "Donald Stratton, one of the last survivors of the USS Arizona, dies at 97," 16 Feb. 2020 With the death toll still spiraling and no end in sight to the restrictions that have brought the EU economy shuddering to a halt, no one yet has any firm idea of quite how extensive the wreckage will be. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "The Virus Will Force Europe to Make a Decision About Italy," 10 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shiver and shudder through a special candlelight tour that will take you around the property, from the School House, past the corn field, and along the historic house’s exterior. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 16 Oct. 2020 In the realm of jeans, the early aughts were all about low-rise cuts [shudder], the 2010s saw skinny styles reign supreme, and come 2020, ’90s jeans are the undisputed everyday staple. Erin Parker, Glamour, "17 Cool ’90s Jeans That Are Perfect for Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 The suspension is about as stiff as SUV suspensions get, and although the ride is compliant over most surfaces, hitting a dip will send a coccyx-rattling shudder forward from the rear axle. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1999 Laforza Speciale Edition Reimagines an Unusual SUV," 29 Sep. 2020 Shiver and shudder through a special candlelight tour that will take you around the property, from the School House, past the corn field, and along the historic house’s exterior. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 25 Sep. 2020 Lillard left the bubble early — and sent a shudder through Rip City — with a knee injury. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Shorthanded Trail Blazers fizzle in NBA bubble, season ends with loss to Lakers: The good, the bad, the Melo prayer," 30 Aug. 2020 In my teens, I was finally forced to confess all; to admit there was something gravely wrong with me; to — shudder —ask for help. Talia Hibbert, Longreads, "Inking Against Invisibility," 10 Aug. 2020 Asked whether Altitude was serious about bringing to case to trial, Isaacson responded with an answer that likely makes Avalanche and Nuggets fans subscribed to Comcast service shudder. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Altitude/Comcast dispute: Worst-case scenario extends blackout well into the future," 28 Feb. 2020 So get ready for about an hour of the most shudder-inducing, vomit-worthy, disgustingly satisfying pimple-popping footage on the internet. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "23 Grossest Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 12 June 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Shudder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shudder. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for shudder

shudder

verb
How to pronounce shudder (audio)

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

shudder noun

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