[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. shubra al khaymah,
  2. shuck,
  3. shucking,
  4. shucking and jiving,
  5. shucks,
  6. shuddering,
  7. shudderingly,
  8. shudra,
  9. shuffle,
  10. shuffle off

Origin of shudder

1275–1325; Middle English shodderen (v.) (cognate with German schaudern < LG), frequentative of Old English scūdan to tremble; see -er6

1. quiver. See shiver1.

Can be confusedshudder shutter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shuddered


/ (ˈʃʌdə) /


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


the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver
Derived Formsshuddering, 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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Word Origin and History for shuddered
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