[juhd-er]Chiefly British

verb (used without object)

to vibrate violently: an old automobile with a clutch that judders.


a state or instance of juddering.

Origin of judder

1930–35; perhaps j(olt) + (sh)udder
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British Dictionary definitions for judder



(intr) to shake or vibrate


abnormal vibration in a mechanical system, esp due to grabbing between friction surfaces, as in the clutch of a motor vehicle
a juddering motion

Word Origin for judder

probably blend of jar ² + shudder
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