- Shudder is the act of shaking or trembling, especially because of fear.
The act of shaking out of fear is an example of shudder.
- To shudder is to shake or tremble, often because of fear.
When you begin to shake because you are afraid, this is an example of a situation where you shudder.
shudder definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English schoderen, akin to German schaudern, to feel dread, Old Frisian skedda, to shake ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kut-, to shake from source Lithuanian kutù, to shake up
shudder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb shud·dered, shud·der·ing, shud·ders
- To shiver convulsively, as from fear or revulsion. See Synonyms at shake.
- To vibrate; quiver: The airplane shuddered in the turbulence.
Origin: Middle English shodderen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.
- shudˈder·ing·ly adverb
shudder - Phrases/Idioms