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 shivered
“He said to think of God,” Victoria said, as we shivered in the early chill.
I shivered a little, and dryly advised him to remember better where he had stored the precious liquid.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They said they were going to ‘make me talk,’ that they were going to ‘jump-start me like a car,’” he shivered.
The first day I arrived, I had heard the sound in my hotel in Shahre Nau, a deep thump, and shivered.
She shivered delicately, and announced her intention of going to bed.The Woman from Outside|Hulbert Footner
There the American troops, lacking necessary food and blankets, shivered and almost starved during the long winter.Lafayette, We Come!|Rupert S. Holland
The maid gave a wee turn to the door, shivered, and fell like a clod at her mother's feet.The Lost Pibroch|Neil Munro
Ere he reached the spot, a ball hit him on the ankle, and shivered the joint to pieces.Our Soldiers|W.H.G. Kingston
Mary shivered a little at the words and the look in Marie's eyes as they stared behind the spider web veil.The Guests Of Hercules|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
- (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.