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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Then the Taliban would launch their assault, the coalition would respond, and the earth would shudder. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 We all shudder at the thought of going back to that — but it’s a real possibility if the anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers continue feeding the virus. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Districts usually shudder at the idea of deep parent involvement in curriculum. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 And what about patients who might shudder at the thought of being zipped into body bags? NBC News, 11 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even on 22-inch wheels, the Grand Wagoneer wafts over imperfections with nary a shudder. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 21 Oct. 2021 Then the world changed in early 2020 — but those trends held more or less true, after a brief shudder. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 6 Oct. 2021 Anarcha has a gaping hole through her midsection; her womb stands alone nearby, made of gold mesh and containing objects that would make any woman shudder in this context — needles, medical instruments, scissors, cut glass. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 So is Haney that word that makes some wealthy homeowners who prize property values above all else shudder? Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 Residents from Huntington Beach to Highland Park reported feeling their house shudder, the ground rumble and hearing a loud sound. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 The news should make anyone who knows this country's history shudder. John Blake, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 My perversity is silence, a shudder stopped in the throat. Elisa Gonzalez, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 The last option should make Coke shudder and remind the company of an infamous period in its history: The 1985 New Coke debacle. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Nov 2021

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“Shudder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shudder. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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shudder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shudder

: to shake because of fear, cold, etc.
: 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

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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