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



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪvər//
    Being ill
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  1. 1[countable] a sudden shaking movement of your body because you are cold, frightened, excited, etc. The sound of his voice sent shivers down her spine. He felt a cold shiver of fear run through him. She gave a little shiver as she walked into the cold room. See related entries: Being ill
  2. 2the shivers [plural] shaking movements of your body because of fear or a high temperature I don't like him. He gives me the shivers. Symptoms include headaches, vomiting and the shivers. See related entries: Being ill
  3. Word OriginMiddle English chivere, perhaps an alteration of dialect chavele ‘to chatter’, from Old English ceafl ‘jaw’.Extra examples A shiver of unease ran through the audience. He felt a shiver of excitement. Her beautiful voice sends shivers down your spine. His appearance sent a cold shiver down her spine. I get the shivers when I think about it. Just thinking about flying gives me the shivers. She gave a little shiver and laughed. She tried to suppress a shiver of anticipation. a delicious shiver of pleasure A shiver passed through his whole body. The sound sent shivers down her spine.
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