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[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.
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.
1. quiver. See shiver1 . Unabridged
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Examples for shudder
  • 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


(intransitive) to shake or tremble suddenly and violently, as from horror, fear, aversion, etc
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
c.1310, possibly from M.Du. schuderen "to shudder," or M.L.G. schoderen, both from P.Gmc. *skud-. The noun is from 1607.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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