- trembling or quivering with fear, dread, cold, etc.
- Also shud·der·y. characterized by or causing a shudder: a shuddering plunge of the ship.
Origin of shuddering
- 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 shuddering
During an Obama-Perry contest, millions of Americans on both sides would be shuddering constantly for four months.Rick Perry: Red-State Warrior
August 13, 2011
I understood the shuddering thrill that passed over the audience.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was as though a thousand devils in shuddering pain were giving tongue.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He could feel, too, that the Marquis was shuddering beside him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I remember covering my face with both my hands, and shuddering with horror.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
It was something inside of me shuddering, and saying 'how revolting!'The Harbor
- (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 shuddering
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.).