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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 of shuddering
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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  • Then he lay with closed eyes, hands clutched to the pelts, and shuddering breath.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
  • I understood the shuddering thrill that passed over the audience.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "He is insane," repeated Napoleon, shuddering involuntarily at the tranquillity of the prisoner.

  • It was as though a thousand devils in shuddering pain were giving tongue.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • A sudden hiss made him leap into the stream, and shuddering, he plunged on, down the black path.

  • He could feel, too, that the Marquis was shuddering beside him.

  • His memory glanced lightly over the long monotonous years with a sort of shuddering recoil.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It was something inside of me shuddering, and saying 'how revolting!'

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • She persisted—and suddenly his effort collapsed; with a shuddering sigh his whole body relaxed liquidly.

    Caybigan James Hopper
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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