Definition of shudder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃʌdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌdər//
    [usually singular] Fear
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  1. 1a shaking movement you make because you are cold, frightened or disgusted a shudder of fear She gave an involuntary shudder. A cold shudder ran through him. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2a strong shaking movement The elevator rose with a shudder.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch schūderen, from a Germanic base meaning ‘shake’.Extra examples He remembered that awful moment with a shudder. He repressed a shudder of disgust. She gave a little shudder when she touched his clammy hand. The sight of the body sent a shudder through him.
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