- 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 shuddered
“In 20 years, this just might be a city of Taco Bells,” one restaurateur recently shuddered.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
It was a moment I instantly detected in my own recent past, and I shuddered with embarrassed recognition.Time to Grow Up, Lena Dunham
October 10, 2014
I shuddered at the thought of a President McCain, who wanted to acquire wars like new suits.The Case Against Isolation
September 13, 2013
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren shuddered at the thought of a rate increase.Congress Gets an ‘F’ on Student Loan Crisis
Eliza Shapiro, Ben Jacobs
June 28, 2013
As the mother of a 19-year-old myself, I shuddered at her words.Introducing Angel Face
March 22, 2010
He shuddered as he thought how near he had been to never meeting them again on earth.Brave and Bold
"You're as thin as a starved—wolf," she said, and closed her eyes and shuddered.Way of the Lawless
Sylvia shuddered, but had not power to turn away her white face from his gaze.Sylph Etherege
She shuddered, as with a mechanical movement she passed her fingers over her eyes.The Dream
He had such a distinct perception of ruin and death that he shuddered again.The Secret Agent
- (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 shuddered
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.).