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 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 This new exception is a response to movie theaters shuddering while stay-at-home and social distancing orders are put in place in California to fight the pandemic. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Academy Awards Changes Rules To Include Streaming Due To COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020 The couple shudder at the thought of passing the pandemic in their former home: a 32-foot boat with a dorm-size fridge. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "‘Nowhere I’d rather be’: Innkeeper couple wait out pandemic on East Brother island," 11 May 2020 The basketball plunges, shudders off of the rim, and launches skyward, unhurried, like a beach ball on a hazy summer day. ... Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce—and a Basketball Shot for the Ages," 13 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Images showing thousands of shouting, unmasked protesters have sent shudders through the health community, which worries its calls for social distancing during the demonstrations are unlikely to be heard. Brian Melley, Anchorage Daily News, "US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks," 30 May 2020 Lockdown should be for everyone The coronavirus has sent shudders across many legs of the journey that migrants traverse on their way to France. Camille Baker, Quartz, "Conditions for migrants are so dire that Covid-19 isn’t even their deadliest threat," 9 Apr. 2020 When the line slows or stops at a factory, the impact sends shudders back through the network. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about the Ford factory shutdowns in Louisville amid coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 The cringes and shudders and yikes are products of one of our most primitive cognitive processes: learning, through experience, to associate one thing with another. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The New Cringeworthy," 17 Apr. 2020 For every shudder of fear, there’s a quake of laughter. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Scott Burns: Putting your personal finances in perspective amid our coronavirus climate," 28 Mar. 2020 The sight of desperate people gathered at the frontier sent a shudder through the EU leadership, stirring memories of the migration crisis of 2015 that fueled support for right-wing populists across the continent. Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg.com, "EU Gives $780 Million to Help Greece Stop Migrants at Border," 3 Mar. 2020 Sanders’ march will send shudders through a party establishment that fears he’s too radical to win, and that having a democratic socialist lead the ticket would doom Senate candidates in the fall. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Bernie Sanders eyes front-runner status after New Hampshire, on good night for Buttigieg and Klobuchar," 12 Feb. 2020 But over the period as a whole, the social safety net disintegrated, inequality skyrocketed, the economy shifted toward low-paying service-sector jobs, and for 99 percent of Americans income growth was lower than in — shudder — France. James Kwak, Washington Post, "How economists turned all of society into a market," 19 Sep. 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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The first known use of shudder was in the 13th century

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23 Jun 2020

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