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shudder

[ shuhd-er ]
/ ˈʃʌd ər /
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verb (used without object)
to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.
noun
a convulsive movement of the body, as from horror, fear, or cold.
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Origin of shudder

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English shodderen (verb) (cognate with German schaudern, from Low German ), frequentative of Old English scūdan “to tremble”; see -er6

synonym study for shudder

1. See shiver1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shudder

shudder , shutter
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British Dictionary definitions for shudder

shudder
/ (ˈʃʌdə) /

verb
(intr) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
noun
the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver

Derived forms of shudder

shuddering, adjectiveshudderingly, adverbshuddery, adjective

Word Origin for shudder

C18: from Middle Low German schōderen; related to Old Frisian skedda to shake, Old High German skutten to shake
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