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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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  • 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


(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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