[ shuhd-er ]
/ ˈʃʌd ər /

verb (used without object)

to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.


a convulsive movement of the body, as from horror, fear, or cold.

Origin of shudder

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shudder


/ (ˈʃʌdə) /


(intr) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc


the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver

Derived Forms

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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