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Definitions for shudder
ˈʃʌd ərshud·der

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tinglenoun

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  2. tremor, shudderverb

    an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)

  3. shiver, shudderverb

    shake, as from cold

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

  4. shudder, shiver, throb, thrillverb

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement


  1. shuddernoun

    A shivering tremor.

  2. shuddernoun

    A moment of almost pleasurable fear; a frisson.

  3. shudderverb

    To shake nervously, as if from fear.

  4. shudderverb

    To vibrate jerkily.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Shudderverb

    To quake with fear, or with aversion.

    Etymology: schuddren, Dutch.

    All the other passions fleet to air,
    As doubtful thoughts, and rash embrac’d despair,
    And shudd’ring fear. William Shakespeare.

    The fright was general; but the female band
    With horror shudd’ring on a heap they run. Dryden.

    I love, —— alas! I shudder at the name,
    My blood runs backward, and my fault’ring tongue
    Sticks at the sound. Smith.

    Cæsar will shrink to hear the words thou utter’st,
    And shudder in the midst of all his conquests. Addison.

    Youth’s bold courage cools,
    Each shudd’ring owns the genius of the schools. Dunciad.


  1. shudder

    A shudder refers to an involuntary sudden movement, typically caused by fear, cold, or shock, or the act of trembling convulsively. It can also express a strong emotional reaction, such as disgust or horror. In terms of machinery, a shudder references a juddering or vibrating motion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shudderverb

    to tremble or shake with fear, horrer, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake

  2. Shuddernoun

    the act of shuddering, as with fear

  3. Etymology: [OE. shoderen, schuderen; akin to LG. schuddern, D. schudden to shake, OS. skuddian, G. schaudern to shudder, schtteln to shake, schtten to pour, to shed, OHG. scutten, scuten, to shake.]


  1. Shudder

    Shudder is the fourth studio album by American punk band Bayside, released on September 30, 2008. Prior to its release, singer Anthony Raneri described the album as having a more alternative sound than their previous record The Walking Wounded. The title comes from a lyric in the track "I Can’t Go On". On September 5, 2008, the album was leaked onto various file-sharing sites. The first single, "No One Understands", generated significant attention from fans through the band's MySpace page. The band had also played "I Think I’ll Be Ok" at shows during the summer of 2008. Around September 22, 2008, the album was put up to stream on the band's MySpace page. On October 4, 2008, the music video for the song "No One Understands" was posted for viewing on the band’s official MySpace page. "You’ve Already Been" was added as an iTunes bonus track, and later appeared on the Take Action! Vol. 8 compilation CD/DVD.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shudder

    shud′ėr, v.i. to tremble from fear or horror.—n. a trembling from fear or horror.—adj. Shudd′ering, trembling, tremulous.—adv. Shudd′eringly. [Cf. Old Dut. schudden; Ger. schaudern, to shudder.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shudder in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shudder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of shudder in a Sentence

  1. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    It will be an ill day when our brethren take to bragging and boasting and call it 'testimony to the victorious Christian life.' We trust that holiness will be more than ever the aim of believers, but not the boastful holiness which has deluded some of the excellent of the earth into vain glory, and under which their firmest friends shudder for them.

  2. Tina Verma:

    I shudder at the thought of what was done to her, this is a barbaric crime and must be dealt with swiftly.

  3. Bible, James 2:19 (New International Version):

    You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder.

  4. Yonatan Zunger:

    Sheesh. High on my list of bugs you *never* want to see happen. ::shudder::.

  5. Umberto Eco:

    The ideology of this America wants to establish reassurance through Imitation. But profit defeats ideology, because the consumers want to be thrilled not only by the guarantee of the Good but also by the shudder of the Bad.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    A ostensive
    B naiant
    C motile
    D commensal

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