- 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 shivering
So I hope for an Independence Day in my lifetime when we will see zero shivering little bodies hawking our flags.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic
October 11, 2014
That partly explains why seats previously inhabited by shivering backsides are now selling for $750 a pair.San Fran Kisses Its 70,000-Person Toilet Goodbye
August 15, 2014
There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63
August 12, 2014
Her mother found her on the sand, curled in a ball, shivering uncontrollably.'We Were Liars': Teens Confront Their Beautiful, Rich Family's Dark Secrets
August 7, 2014
Shivering, we pulled our hats low our heads and zipped our jackets tight around our chests.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He was shivering, and fancied that she must be chilled by the early morning air.
On Easter Monday she was seized with a great fit of shivering.
Then, as he complained of pains and shivering, she became anxious.
In the evening an attack of shivering, with other symptoms, showed she was physically ill.Heather and Snow
- 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 shivering
"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.