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 Remember the days when Pedro Báez (much improved now) would walk in from the bullpen and the entire crowd would shudder in fear. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: What a difference one game makes for Dodgers," 23 Oct. 2020 Compression artifacts were prevalent, and the image would often shudder or jump as the Wi-Fi connection lost frames in the ether, causing more than a few unearned crashes. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Kart Live is a fun, if flawed, excuse to race around the house," 14 Oct. 2020 The economic recovery will continue to shudder, and Mr. Trump will have left little ambiguity about how a plan to stabilize it finally fell apart. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "In Scuttling Stimulus Talks, Trump Invites Political Risk for Himself and Republicans," 8 Oct. 2020 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 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 The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through Wall Street. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "U.S. logs 500,000 new cases in week's time," 29 Oct. 2020 The entire process from the moment the malicious code had been triggered to that first shudder had spanned only a fraction of a second. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator," 23 Oct. 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," 16 Oct. 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," 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

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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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2 Nov 2020

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“Shudder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shudder. Accessed 30 Nov. 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

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