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shuddering

[shuhd-er-ing] /ˈʃʌd ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
trembling or quivering with fear, dread, cold, etc.
2.
Also, shuddery. characterized by or causing a shudder:
a shuddering plunge of the ship.
Origin of shuddering
Related forms
shudderingly, adverb
unshuddering, adjective

shudder

[shuhd-er] /ˈʃʌd ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.
noun
2.
a convulsive movement of the body, as from horror, fear, or cold.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English shodderen (v.) (cognate with German schaudern < LG), frequentative of Old English scūdan to tremble; see -er6
Can be confused
shudder, shutter.
Synonyms
1. quiver. See shiver1 .
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  • I understood the shuddering thrill that passed over the audience.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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.

  • I remember covering my face with both my hands, and shuddering with horror.

  • It was something inside of me shuddering, and saying 'how revolting!'

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • She had felt him shuddering, and she remained quite scared with surprise and fear.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • She was very pale; she raised her head and glanced about her, shuddering as she did so.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Aggie was shuddering as with cold, being chilled by some unknown fear.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • And then she told him, whilst he sat there hunched and shuddering.

British Dictionary definitions for shuddering

shudder

/ˈʃʌdə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
noun
2.
the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver
Derived Forms
shuddering, adjective
shudderingly, adverb
shuddery, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Middle Low German schōderen; related to Old Frisian skedda to shake, Old High German skutten to shake
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Word Origin and History for shuddering

shudder

v.

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.

shudder

n.

c.1600, from shudder (v.).

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