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shudder

verb shud·der \ ˈshə-dər \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of shudder

shuddered; shuddering play \ˈshə-d(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
: to tremble convulsively : shiver, quiver

Examples of shudder in a Sentence

  1. The old car shuddered to a halt.

  2. The house shuddered as a plane flew overhead.

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Origin and Etymology of shudder

Middle English shoddren; akin to Old High German skutten to shake and perhaps to Lithuanian kutėti to shake up


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shudder

noun

Definition of shudder

: an act of shuddering

shuddery

play \ˈshə-d(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of shudder in a Sentence

  1. a shudder ran through him as he stepped outside into the snow

Recent Examples of shudder from the Web

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First Known Use of shudder

1607



SHUDDER Defined for English Language Learners

shudder

verb

Definition of shudder for English Language Learners

  • of a person : to shake because of fear, cold, etc.

  • of a thing : to shake violently


SHUDDER Defined for Kids

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shudder

verb shud·der \ ˈshə-dər \

Definition of shudder for Students

shuddered; shuddering
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.

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shudder

noun

Definition of shudder for Students

: an act or instance of trembling or shaking
  • a shudder of fear

Medical Dictionary

shudder

intransitive verb shud·der \ ˈshəd-ər \

medical Definition of shudder

shuddered; shuddering
: to tremble convulsively : shiver

shudder

noun


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