What does shiver mean?

Definitions for shiver
ˈʃɪv ərshiv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tremble, shiver, shakenoun

    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement

  2. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingleverb

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  3. shudder, shiver, throb, thrillverb

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement

  4. shiver, shudderverb

    shake, as from cold

    "The children are shivering--turn on the heat!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shivernoun

    One fragment of many into which any thing is broken.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He would pound thee into shivers with his fist, as a sailor breaks a bisket. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    As brittle as the glory is the face;
    For there it is crack’d in an hundred shivers. William Shakespeare.

    If you strike a solid body that is brittle, it breaketh not only where the immediate force is, but breaketh all about into shivers and fritters. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Surging waves against a solid rock,
    Though all to shivers dash’d, th’ assault renew,
    Vain batt’ry, and in froth or bubbles end. John Milton.

  2. To Shiververb

    To break by one act into many parts; to shatter.

    The ground with shiver’d armour strown. John Milton.

    Show’rs of granado’s rain, by sudden burst
    Disploding murd’rous bowels; fragments of steel
    A thousand ways at once, the shiver’d orbs
    Fly diverse, working torment. Philips.

  3. To SHIVERverb

    To quake; to tremble; to shudder, as with cold or fear.

    Etymology: schawren, German.

    Any very harsh noise will set the teeth on edge, and make all the body shiver. Francis Bacon.

    What religious palsy’s this,
    Which makes the boughs divest their bliss?
    And that they might her footsteps straw,
    Drop their leaves with shivering awe. John Cleveland.

    Why stand we longer shivering under fear? John Milton.

    The man that shiver’d on the brink of sin,
    Thus steel’d and harden’d, ventures boldly in. Dryden.

    He described this march to the temple with so much horror, that he shivered every joint. Addison.

    Give up Laius to the realms of day,
    Whose ghost, yet shiv’ring on Cocytus’ sand,
    Expects its passage to the farther strand. Alexander Pope.

    Prometheus is laid
    On icy Caucasus to shiver,
    While vultures eat his growing liver. Jonathan Swift.

  4. To Shiververb

    To fall at once into many parts or shives.

    Etymology: schawren, German.

    Had’st thou been aught but goss’mer, feathers, air,
    So many fathom down precipitating,
    Thou’d’st shiver’d like an egg. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Upon the breaking and shivering of a great state, you may be sure to have wars. Francis Bacon.

    The natural world, should gravity once cease, or be withdrawn, would instantly shiver into millions of atoms. John Woodward.


  1. shiver

    Shivering (also called shuddering) is a bodily function in response to cold and extreme fear in warm-blooded animals. When the core body temperature drops, the shivering reflex is triggered to maintain homeostasis. Skeletal muscles begin to shake in small movements, creating warmth by expending energy. Shivering can also be a response to fever, as a person may feel cold. During fever, the hypothalamic set point for temperature is raised. The increased set point causes the body temperature to rise (pyrexia), but also makes the patient feel cold until the new set point is reached. Severe chills with violent shivering are called rigors. Rigors occur because the patient's body is shivering in a physiological attempt to increase body temperature to the new set point.


  1. shiver

    A shiver is a sudden vibration or trembling movement of the body, typically as a response to cold, fear, excitement, or illness. It can also refer to an intense emotional response such as horror or disgust.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shivernoun

    one of the small pieces, or splinters, into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence; -- generally used in the plural

  2. Shivernoun

    a thin slice; a shive

  3. Shivernoun

    a variety of blue slate

  4. Shivernoun

    a sheave or small wheel in a pulley

  5. Shivernoun

    a small wedge, as for fastening the bolt of a window shutter

  6. Shivernoun

    a spindle

  7. Shiververb

    to break into many small pieces, or splinters; to shatter; to dash to pieces by a blow; as, to shiver a glass goblet

  8. Shiververb

    to separate suddenly into many small pieces or parts; to be shattered

  9. Shiververb

    to tremble; to vibrate; to quiver; to shake, as from cold or fear

  10. Shiververb

    to cause to shake or tremble, as a sail, by steering close to the wind

  11. Shivernoun

    the act of shivering or trembling

  12. Etymology: [OE. schiveren, scheveren; cf. OD. scheveren. See Shiver a fragment.]


  1. Shiver

    "Shiver" is Natalie Imbruglia's first single from her third album release Counting Down the Days and it is her 8th single overall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shiver

    shiv′ėr, n. a splinter, or small piece into which a thing breaks by sudden violence.—v.t. to shatter.—v.i. to fall into shivers.—n. Shiv′er-spar, a slaty calcite or calcium carbonate.—adj. Shiv′ery, brittle.—Shiver my timbers, a nautical imprecation. [Skeat explains shiver as a dim. of the foregoing shive, a thin slice, the same as prov. Eng. sheave, a thin disc of wood, wheel of a pulley—Ice. skífa, a slice; Dut. schijf, Ger. scheibe.]

  2. Shiver

    shiv′ėr, v.i. to shake or tremble: to shudder.—v.t. to cause to shake in the wind, as sails.—n. Shiv′ering.—adv. Shiv′eringly, with shivering or trembling.—adj. Shiv′ery, inclined to shiver.—The shivers (coll.), the ague, chills. [M. E. chiveren, a softened form of kiveren, supposed by Skeat to be a Scand. form of quiver, and a freq. of Ice. kippa, to pull, the spelling with sh being due to confusion with shiver (n.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shiver

    Synonymous with sheave.

Editors Contribution

  1. shiververb

    (of a person) Tremble because of coldness or fright.

    I began to shiver.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on June 29, 2022  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shiver is ranked #7812 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shiver surname appeared 4,238 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Shiver.

    83.6% or 3,544 total occurrences were White.
    12.7% or 542 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 71 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 52 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shiver' in Verbs Frequency: #977

Anagrams for shiver »

  1. shrive

  2. shevri

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shiver in a Sentence

  1. Pete Buttigieg:

    Even as we shiver, there is joy, are you ready to go in that hall and leave no question about who has the momentum right now?

  2. Valeria Ponomarova and Andrii Bohomaz:

    I heard that it was starting to rain and I began to shiver.

  3. Margarita Rohr:

    Vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, so aim to get more lean meat, fish, and dairy into your meals. But sometimes low levels are triggered by an absorption issue. If your diet is high in B12 but you shiver all the time, check in with your doctor for a vitamin B12 test. RELATED : 21 Important Facts About Vitamin B12 Deficiency You're a woman Find yourself in a constant battle with your spouse or male officemates for control of the thermostat ? Turns out that feeling cold really is a gendered condition. In general, women are better at conserving heat than men.

  4. PSB:

    Go for the idea that catches your breath, gives you goosebumps, and sends a shiver of fear down your spine. Because that idea can take you to milestones you haven't dared to achieve yet!

  5. Robert Hawthorne:

    I believe this photo strikes a nerve for a lot of people, many people shiver and recoil when they see it, imagining themselves in the fishermen's shoes.

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    A handsome
    B alternate
    C plush
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