Definition of Shudder

1. Noun. An almost pleasurable sensation of fright. "A frisson of surprise shot through him"

Exact synonyms: Chill, Frisson, Quiver, Shiver, Thrill, Tingle
Generic synonyms: Fear, Fearfulness, Fright
Derivative terms: Shiver, Shivery, Shuddery, Thrill, Thrill, Tingle

2. Verb. Shake, as from cold. "The children are shivering--turn on the heat!"
Exact synonyms: Shiver
Generic synonyms: Move Involuntarily, Move Reflexively
Derivative terms: Shiver, Shivering

3. Noun. An involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear).
Exact synonyms: Tremor
Generic synonyms: Quiver, Quivering, Vibration

4. Verb. Tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement.
Exact synonyms: Shiver, Thrill, Throb
Generic synonyms: Tremble
Derivative terms: Shiver

Definition of Shudder

1. v. i. To tremble or shake with fear, horrer, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake.

2. n. The act of shuddering, as with fear.

Definition of Shudder

1. Noun. A shivering tremor. ¹

2. Noun. A moment of almost pleasurable fear; a frisson. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To shake nervously, as if from fear. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To vibrate jerkily. ¹

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Definition of Shudder

1. to tremble [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: tremble

Medical Definition of Shudder

1. A convulsive or involuntary tremor. Origin: M.E. Shodderen Carotid shudder, vibrations at the crest of the carotid pulse tracing, seen in aortic stenosis. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shudder

shuck and jive
shuck down
shucked and jived
shucking and jiving
shucks and jives
shudder (current term)
shuffle off this mortal coil
shuffle steer

Literary usage of Shudder

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"He spoke ; and Priam shudder'd for his son ; But bade his steeds be yoked ('twas soon obey'd), Then mounted, gathering to the car the reins : With whom ..."

2. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"... shudder: «f>piga (128 a), ... am in a shudder (part. ire<j>pl- Korra.s Find.). (III. ..."

3. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"B Company had been devastated by forty or fifty of them; and B Company's drill on parade was a sight to shudder at. ..."

4. The History of Fiction: Being a Critical Account of the Most Celebrated by John Colin Dunlop (1816)
"... they rather excite a sense of ridicule, than either terror or sympathy. We shudder at the murder of Duncan and weep at the death of Zara, ..."

5. In the Vine Country by Edith Œnone Somerville, Martin Ross (1893)
"as usual by the monkey, and in her softened mood my cousin endured the clammy clutch of' Bamboo' upon her finger with scarcely a shudder. ..."

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