shud|der1 [ˈʃʌdə US -ər] v
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Probably from [i]Middle Low German schoderen or Middle Dutch shuderen]
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 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.
The train shuddered to a halt .
3.) 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 [shudder at sth] phr v
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.
shudder 2
shudder2 n [C usually singular]
a shaking movement
The building gave a sudden shudder .
a shudder ran/passed/went through sb
A shudder ran through him at the touch of her fingers.

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