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.2 the 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.