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

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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 My favorite part of the evening would probably make liability lawyers shudder today: When the racing was over, fans were welcome to come down to infield, where all the race cars were parked. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: The state of a state in flux," 9 Mar. 2021 Many business owners shudder at the thought of cold pitching. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "13 Strategies For Making A Truly Effective Cold Pitch," 25 Feb. 2021 King would shudder in dismay at the weaponization of identity politics. Kendall Qualls, Star Tribune, "To fulfill King's dream, focus on fundamentals," 17 Jan. 2021 Legal scholars and some pardon lawyers shudder at the prospect of such moves, as well as the specter of Trump's friends and allies offering to pursue pardons for others in exchange for cash. Star Tribune, "Prospect of pardons in final days fuels market to buy access to Trump," 17 Jan. 2021 Legal scholars and some pardon lawyers shudder at the prospect of such moves, as well as the specter of Trump’s friends and allies offering to pursue pardons for others in exchange for cash. Michael S. Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Prospect of pardons in final days fuels market to buy access to Trump," 17 Jan. 2021 Legal scholars and some pardon lawyers shudder at the prospect of such moves, as well as the specter of Trump’s friends and allies offering to pursue pardons for others in exchange for cash. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Former U.S. attorney for Utah among Trump allies getting paid by people who want a pardon," 17 Jan. 2021 Others shudder at the cost and logistics of that approach. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Despite calls for help, school districts fend for themselves on campus coronavirus tests," 11 Dec. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The deposited pups immediately open their mouths and shudder with the force of their inaudible-to-human-ears distress cries. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 Amy Stelly is reminded of that freeway each morning when the truck traffic causes her home to shudder. New York Times, "Biden Seeks to Use Infrastructure Plan to Address Racial Inequities," 1 Apr. 2021 Whenever new storms strike Japan’s Pacific coastline, some people in Fukushima Prefecture shudder from memories of the 10-year-old trauma. New York Times, "‘There’s No Town Left’: Fukushima’s Eerie Landscapes," 9 Mar. 2021 To see the roofless nave backlit against low clouds provokes an involuntary shudder. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, "Enjoy Pub Life, Sculpture Parks, and Classic Estates on a Scenic Trip Through Yorkshire, England," 7 Mar. 2021 Even so, Ventura, 37, could conceivably place second among the seven candidates, drawing a level of support that until recently was unthinkable and sending a shudder through Portuguese politics. Barry Hatton, Star Tribune, "In Portugal presidential race, how high can a populist fly?," 22 Jan. 2021 The mere sight of tourists wearing the leather-and-cork sandals with socks used to make fashionistas shudder on the avenues of Paris. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Birkenstock, Once a Fashion Faux Pas, Snapped Up by LVMH’s Arnault," 26 Feb. 2021 That shudder of pleasure from shooting off a perfectly snide zinger. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1420: Singing on the job," 21 Jan. 2021 In this work, the text makes the eye shudder with a stencil motif that includes the blue as part of the lettering. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Artist Eve Fowler combines avant-garde techniques with the words of queer icon Gertrude Stein," 13 Jan. 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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The first known use of shudder was in the 13th century

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1 Apr 2021

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“Shudder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shudder. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for shudder

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

shudder noun

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