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shivery1

[shiv-uh-ree]
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adjective
  1. inclined to or characterized by shivers, quivers, or tremors.
  2. causing shivering.

Origin of shivery1

First recorded in 1740–50; shiver1 + -y1

shivery2

[shiv-uh-ree]
adjective
  1. readily breaking into shivers or fragments; brittle.

Origin of shivery2

First recorded in 1675–85; shiver2 + -y1
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shivery

adjective
  1. inclined to shiver or tremble
  2. causing shivering, esp through cold or fear
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Word Origin and History for shivery

adj.

"characterized by shaking," 1747, from shiver (v.1) + -y (2).

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