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

Markets shuddered last winter as the Fed continued raising rates, but recovered as Trump appeared to move toward reaching a settlement with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Donna Borak, CNN, "Trump has already changed the Fed forever," 23 June 2019 And amid it all, crowded into the small space of a converted coal freighter, 100-odd shuddering men, their stomachs devastated by moldy food, holding on to frozen ropes with their bare hands. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 At 9:45 pm, everyone onboard knew that something bad had happened: The vessel shuddered, and the passengers heard a loud grinding sound. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Wrong on the Costa Concordia," 14 July 2014 Many shudder at the story of Kraft, an American food giant, which swallowed Cadbury, a beloved chocolatier, in 2010, then reneged on a pledge not to close a factory. The Economist, "Why foreign investment into Britain remains so strong," 5 Apr. 2018 Canadian officials have long shuddered at the nativist creed of the wiry and abrasive 68-year-old. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Peter Navarro gets his 15 minutes of fame as the salesman for the Trump tariffs," 6 Mar. 2018 Markets shuddered at signs the U.S. may be preparing to withdraw from the trade deal. Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 11 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mack is singing something country or *shudder* Kid Rock. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball mailbag: How will the Cards fare without Asia Durr?," 5 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 The prospect of a race between Johnson and Gove, reviving one of the most treacherous and poisonous rivalries of recent British political history, had sent shudders through the party ranks. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt begin the battle to lead the UK," 20 June 2019 Once the peppers are ready, combine everything and top with a cheese that won’t melt or, shudder, sweat in the sun, like creamy-salty ricotta salata. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Pasta Salad That Won’t Get Weird at the Picnic," 12 June 2019 But soft job numbers released on Friday, and a month of shudders in the stock market, signal anxiety and instability. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "With Texas already teetering in 2020, could Trump's Mexico tariffs cost GOP the White House?," 7 June 2019 From finding mouse droppings in your closet to potential kitchen thievery, the whole shudder-inducing situation is a big fat disaster that homeowners or renters never want to deal with. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Mice: The Ultimate Guide to a Rodent-Free Home," 28 Mar. 2019 Is any urban legend more shudder inducing than the one about humans swallowing an average of eight spiders a year in their sleep? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do You Actually Swallow a Bunch of Spiders When You Sleep?," 8 Feb. 2019

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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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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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