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[shiv-uh-ree] /ˈʃɪv ə ri/
inclined to or characterized by shivers, quivers, or tremors.
causing shivering.
Origin of shivery1
1740-50; shiver1 + -y1


[shiv-uh-ree] /ˈʃɪv ə ri/
readily breaking into shivers or fragments; brittle.
1675-85; shiver2 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I could hear from the pantry cupboard beyond the shivery tinkle of glasses as they settled on a tray.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • The thermometer was at 79, but I was quite as shivery as they were.

    Miss Eden's Letters Emily Eden
  • Then we began to move, and I felt the blood creep up and down my limbs as shivery as ice.

  • The Americans are shivery people, stewing themselves in a bain-marie.

  • He had grown ever so tall and thin, but not strong, and he went about looking blue and shivery.

    My Young Days Anonymous
  • It is too cold for them; they are shivery and become depressed.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • How big her rooms looked, what a shivery feeling the card-tables gave her, with the markers, with the cards spread out in an S!

    The Twilight of the Souls Louis Couperus
  • Queer and shivery, they was, about it, and it kinda give me the creeps.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • The two girls, clinging to each others hands in the shivery mist, waited and listened.

British Dictionary definitions for shivery


inclined to shiver or tremble
causing shivering, esp through cold or fear
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Word Origin and History for shivery

"characterized by shaking," 1747, from shiver (v.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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