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


[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 from the web 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


(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 shuddering



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.).

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