- to shake or tremble with cold, fear, excitement, etc.
- (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shake when too close to the wind.
- (of a sailing vessel) to be headed so close to the wind that the sails shake.
- a tremulous motion; a tremble or quiver: The thought sent a shiver down her spine.
- shivers, an attack of shivering or chills (usually preceded by the).
Origin of shiver1
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- to break or split into fragments.
- a fragment; splinter.
Origin of shiver2
Examples from the Web for shivered
“He said to think of God,” Victoria said, as we shivered in the early chill.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
I shivered a little, and dryly advised him to remember better where he had stored the precious liquid.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
“They said they were going to ‘make me talk,’ that they were going to ‘jump-start me like a car,’” he shivered.Assad’s House of Torture
Anna Therese Day
October 14, 2012
The first day I arrived, I had heard the sound in my hotel in Shahre Nau, a deep thump, and shivered.Back to Afghanistan
October 6, 2011
She shivered a little; then tossed her head as if to throw off the disturbing thoughts.Viviette
William J. Locke
But he thrust his head into the cave, shivered, and congratulated himself.The Man of Adamant
I could not dispute the evidence of the bit of shivered glass.The Bacillus of Beauty
She shivered as they raced along under the bare branches of the locusts.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
The rain and dusk were so heavy that they could not see fifty feet, and they shivered with cold.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- to shake or tremble, as from cold or fear
- (of a sail) to luff; flap or shake
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail close enough to the wind to make the sails luff
- the act of shivering; a tremulous motion
- the shivers an attack of shivering, esp through fear or illness
- to break or cause to break into fragments
- a splintered piece
Word Origin and History for shivered
"shake," c.1400, alteration of chiveren (c.1200), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old English ceafl "jaw," on notion of chattering teeth. Spelling change of ch- to sh- is probably from influence of shake. Related: Shivered; shivering.
"small piece, splinter, fragment, chip," c.1200, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, related to Middle Low German schever schiver "splinter," Old High German scivero, from Proto-Germanic *skif- "split" (cf. Old High German skivaro "splinter," German Schiefer "splinter, slate"), from PIE *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Commonly in phrases to break to shivers "break into bits" (mid-15c.). Also, shiver is still dialectal for "a splinter" in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
"to break in or into many small pieces," c.1200, from the source of shiver (n.). Chiefly in phrase shiver me timbers (1835), "a mock oath attributed in comic fiction to sailors" [OED]. My timbers! as a nautical oath (probably euphemistic) is attested from 1789 (see timber (n.)). Related: Shivered; shivering.
"a tremulous, quivering motion," 1727, from shiver (v.1). The shivers in reference to fever chills is from 1861.