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shudder

[shuhd-er] /ˈʃʌd ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fear, or cold.
noun
2.
a convulsive movement of the body, as from horror, fear, or cold.
Origin
1275-1325
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.
Synonyms
1. quiver. See shiver1 .
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  • Many would thrill to see an imam marching next to them but shudder at a priest.
  • Nutritionists would shudder at all the fat, sodium and trans-fats.
  • But each time it rumbles, it sends a shudder through the local collective memory.
  • The glider gives a slight shudder and the bottom drops out.
  • So netbooks have sent a sort of hot-cold shudder through the computer industry.
  • There are plenty of reasons to shudder at the idea of higher taxes.
  • Putting my future into the whims of the electorate makes me shudder.
  • It is easy to see why endlessly rising health costs should make finance ministers shudder.
  • Go off the track in a racing game and you'll feel your car shudder on the bumps.
  • Mention of that awful decade should make politicians shudder.
British Dictionary definitions for shudder

shudder

/ˈʃʌdə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
noun
2.
the act of shuddering; convulsive shiver
Derived Forms
shuddering, adjective
shudderingly, adverb
shuddery, adjective
Word Origin
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 shudder
v.

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.

n.

c.1600, from shudder (v.).

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