Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Probably from Middle Low German schoderen or Middle Dutch shuderen


1 verb
shud‧der1 [intransitive]
1 to 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 if a vehicle or machine shudders, it shakes violently:
The car shuddered briefly as its engine died.

I shudder to think

spoken used to say that you do not want to think about something because it is too unpleasant:
I shudder to think what they'll say when they see the mess the house is in.

shudder at something

phrasal verb
to think that something is very bad or unpleasant:
If you love skiing but shudder at the cost, take advantage of our superb family offer.
He shuddered at the thought of the conflict ahead.

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