verb (used without object)
- (of a fore-and-aft sail) to shake when too close to the wind.
- (of a sailing vessel) to be headed so close to the wind that the sails shake.
- shivah asar betammuz,
- shivering owl,
Origin of shiver1
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of shiver2
Examples from the Web for shiver
You know, a novel comes not from a decision but a frisson, a sort of shiver that goes through you.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies|Ronald K. Fried|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember being shocked that Shiver sold in 38 countries, because I thought it was such a particularly “me” story.Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel ‘The Raven Boys,’ Fast Cars, and YA Fiction|Doug Stanton|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For Americans of a certain age, these words, even in our cynical time, yield a shiver of nostalgia, but also of purpose.
There was one other peculiar moment that gave rise to a shiver of unwanted Somali memories.
They were completely engaged—almost, Joan thought with a shiver, as good as married!Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
The airship began to shiver and to shake, and then all of a sudden it began rolling over the ground.Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail|Howard R. Garis
Shelton was conscious of a shiver running through the audience which reminded him of a bullfight he had seen in Spain.The Island Pharisees|John Galsworthy
Down by our camp it had been excessively warm, but here on the hilltop a cold wind was blowing that made us shiver.The Long Labrador Trail|Dillon Wallace
She looked over Peggy's head at Aunt Elizabeth, and her face was so dreadful it made me shiver.The Whole Family|William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
- (of a sail) to luff; flap or shake
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail close enough to the wind to make the sails luff
Word Origin for shiver
Word Origin for shiver
"shake," c.1400, alteration of chiveren (c.1200), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old English ceafl "jaw," on notion of chattering teeth. Spelling change of ch- to sh- is probably from influence of shake. Related: Shivered; shivering.
"small piece, splinter, fragment, chip," c.1200, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, related to Middle Low German schever schiver "splinter," Old High German scivero, from Proto-Germanic *skif- "split" (cf. Old High German skivaro "splinter," German Schiefer "splinter, slate"), from PIE *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Commonly in phrases to break to shivers "break into bits" (mid-15c.). Also, shiver is still dialectal for "a splinter" in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
"to break in or into many small pieces," c.1200, from the source of shiver (n.). Chiefly in phrase shiver me timbers (1835), "a mock oath attributed in comic fiction to sailors" [OED]. My timbers! as a nautical oath (probably euphemistic) is attested from 1789 (see timber (n.)). Related: Shivered; shivering.
"a tremulous, quivering motion," 1727, from shiver (v.1). The shivers in reference to fever chills is from 1861.