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shuddering

[shuhd-er-ing] /ˈʃʌd ər ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
trembling or quivering with fear, dread, cold, etc.
2.
Also, shuddery. characterized by or causing a shudder:
a shuddering plunge of the ship.
Origin
Related forms
shudderingly, adverb
unshuddering, adjective

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; 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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Examples for shuddering
  • The deepest notes in music have always cast a curious spell upon listeners, a kind of shuddering enchantment.
  • For good reason: pure floats are vulnerable, at times of extreme market turbulence, to shuddering exchange-rate shocks.
  • Most of the audience staggered away from this slasher flick still shuddering.
  • When they die it may be in a peculiarly human way, heaving and shuddering along their whole length before they founder.
  • The other is condemning it and shuddering at its political consequences.
  • She sings smartly, resourcefully, moving around her smoky mid-register with a shuddering vibrato.
  • With each, he struck a pose, gnarling his hands into claws or shuddering with anger or laughter.
  • When he finally turns to look at us, he is unsmiling, mute and shuddering.
  • And so it does, after shuddering to life, or rather to motion.
  • Three-quarters of its income depends on oil, so a drop in the price has the whole economy shuddering.
British Dictionary definitions for shuddering

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 shuddering

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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