shuddering

[ shuhd-er-ing ]
/ ˈʃʌd ər ɪŋ /

adjective

trembling or quivering with fear, dread, cold, etc.
Also shud·der·y. characterized by or causing a shudder: a shuddering plunge of the ship.

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Origin of shuddering

OTHER WORDS FROM shuddering

shud·der·ing·ly, adverbun·shud·der·ing, adjective

Definition for shuddering (2 of 2)

shudder
[ shuhd-er ]
/ ˈʃʌd ər /

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.

Origin of shudder

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

SYNONYMS FOR shudder

1 quiver. See shiver1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shudder

shudder shutter
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British Dictionary definitions for shuddering

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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