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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.
Origin of shudder
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 from the web for shuddered
  • The floor shuddered and started to quiver as a roar filled the cavernous hall.
  • The waitress found the description so unpalatable that she visibly shuddered, but said that she supposed they could do that.
  • But behind the partying is an industry that has shuddered to an emergency stop.
  • The boat shook and shuddered as it steamed out to a cluster of four islets some way out from the main island.
  • The airplane shuddered from the movement of the heavy control surfaces.
  • The way he handled it made her think he was scornful of its binding or paper stock, but then he read the dust flap, shuddered.
  • But he shuddered to think what his ambition, together with his principles, had helped make happen.
  • The van shuddered and lurched, its tires crunching on patches of fresh snow and occasionally slithering on ice.
  • My stomach shuddered and emptied itself onto the deck.
  • Giant, jagged boulders shuddered from the impact of stone on stone and exploded into a shower of shards.
British Dictionary definitions for shuddered


(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 shuddered



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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