- to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.
- a convulsive movement of the body, as from horror, fear, or cold.
Origin of shudder
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Examples from the Web for shudder
The shudder of the fighting could be felt 16 kilometers away.Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long?
October 12, 2014
“If history is a guide, those complicit bishops should shudder,” said Clohessy.Why Pope Francis’s Apology Isn’t Good Enough for Sex Abuse Victims
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 11, 2014
(shudder) He should be stopped, even though it may be too late.Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss
Kelly Williams Brown
April 5, 2014
“You are speaking of the King in Yellow,” I groaned, with a shudder.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Shudder as you may at those eight legs, this one makes a bit more sense.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects
May 14, 2013
So it is almost with a shudder I take my last look at the Stones of Carnac.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
There are ghosts whom I tremble to meet, and cannot think of without a shudder.Other Tales and Sketches
The sinister association of ideas made Mary shudder, but she said no more.Within the Law
I used to like him when I was a child; now I shudder at his name.
Do you not look on the past with a shudder at the precipice on which you stood?
- (intr) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
- the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver
Word Origin and History for shudder
early 14c., possibly from Middle Dutch schuderen "to shudder," or Middle Low German schoderen, both frequentative forms from Proto-Germanic *skuth- "to shake." Related: Shuddered; shuddering.
c.1600, from shudder (v.).