From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshuddershud‧der1 /ˈʃʌdə $ -ər/ ●○○ verb [intransitive] 1 SHAKEto shake for a short time because you are afraid or cold, or because you think something is very unpleasant Maria shuddered as she stepped outside.shudder with I shudder with embarrassment whenever I think about it.shudder at She shuddered at the thought that she could have been killed.2 SHAKEif a vehicle or machine shudders, it shakes violently The car shuddered briefly as its engine died. The train shuddered to a halt.3 → I shudder to think → shudder at something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusshudder• Dickinson, in shirt sleeves, shuddered.• She looked at it, shuddering, and picked it up by a corner.• She shuddered, and the light danced momentarily across the page, making Ben look up.• Dave tried to kiss Julia but she shuddered and turned away.• Fred shuddered as he brought the cup to his mouth.• Our house was so close to the railway that you could feel it shudder every time a train went by.• I held him in my arms as he clutched at me, then relaxed, then shuddered into sleep.• He shudders still with the memory of the loss of his forefathers upon its scorching deserts and forbidding mountain-tops.• The train shuddered to a halt at the station.• I shuddered to think of my son all alone in New York.• Closing her eyes, she swallowed hard, shuddering violently.• I shuddered when I heard the names: old hen, biddy, little old lady in tennis shoes.shudder at• Kari shuddered at the sight of the dead squirrel.shuddered to a halt• It burst out of the tunnel in a gale of hot air and shuddered to a halt.• The cart shuddered to a halt.shuddershudder2 noun [countable usually singular] SHAKEa shaking movement The building gave a sudden shudder.a shudder ran/passed/went through somebody A shudder ran through him at the touch of her fingers.
Examples from the Corpusshudder• Frozen as she was, Ruth felt a shudder going down her spine.• As she turned away from the house, into the lane, she gave a shudder of relief.• "Do you think he'll come back?" she asked with a shudder.• "I can't even stand to be in the same room as him!" she said with a shudder.• With a shudder, Melissa returned to the hall.• A shudder raced through her as self-knowledge hit her hard.• A shudder ran through her as she suddenly remembered one very valid point.• The stone walls of our cottage groan and shudder as if tired of battling with the centuries of wind.• A series of shudders went through the ship as the mine exploded.• The soul abdicates quickly and the flesh abandons itself to shudders.gave ... shudder• As she turned away from the house, into the lane, she gave a shudder of relief.Origin shudder1 (1100-1200) Probably from Middle Low German schoderen or Middle Dutch shuderen