- trembling or quivering with fear, dread, cold, etc.
- Also shud·der·y. characterized by or causing a shudder: a shuddering plunge of the ship.
Origin of shuddering
- 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
Synonyms for shudder
Related Words for shudderinggyrate, shiver, tremble, convulse, twitter, wave, shimmy, quake, tremor, dither, jitter
Examples from the Web for shuddering
Contemporary Examples of shuddering
During an Obama-Perry contest, millions of Americans on both sides would be shuddering constantly for four months.Rick Perry: Red-State Warrior
August 13, 2011
Historical Examples of shuddering
I understood the shuddering thrill that passed over the audience.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was as though a thousand devils in shuddering pain were giving tongue.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He could feel, too, that the Marquis was shuddering beside him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I remember covering my face with both my hands, and shuddering with horror.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
It was something inside of me shuddering, and saying 'how revolting!'The Harbor
- (intr) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
- the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver
Word Origin for shudder
Word Origin and History for shuddering
early 14c., possibly from Middle Dutch schuderen "to shudder," or Middle Low German schoderen, both frequentative forms from Proto-Germanic *skuth- "to shake." Related: Shuddered; shuddering.
c.1600, from shudder (v.).