from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shiver convulsively, as from fear or revulsion. See Synonyms at shake.
- intransitive v. To vibrate; quiver: The airplane shuddered in the turbulence.
- n. A convulsive shiver, as from fear or revulsion; a tremor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shivering tremor.
- n. A moment of almost pleasurable fear; a frisson.
- v. To shake nervously, as if from fear.
- v. To vibrate jerkily.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To tremble or shake with fear, horrer, or aversion; to shiver with cold; to quake.
- n. The act of shuddering, as with fear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shake; quiver; vibrate.
- Hence, in particular, to tremble with a sudden convulsive movement, as from horror, fright, aversion, cold, etc.; shiver; quake.
- To have a tremulous or quivering appearance, as if from horror.
- Synonyms Quake, etc. See shiver.
- n. A tremulous motion; a quiver; a vibration.
- n. Specifically, a quick involuntary tremor or quiver of the body, as from fear, disgust, horror, or cold; a convulsive shiver.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
- v. tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
- v. shake, as from cold
- n. an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
Middle English shodderen, perhaps of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either from Middle Dutch schudderen or from Middle Low German schoderen (whence also Danish skudre). Cognate with Dutch schudden and German schaudern. (Wiktionary)