shivering; shivered; shivers

People shiver, or shake and tremble, when they're very cold. You might shiver in the snow if you forget to wear your winter coat.

While you are most likely to shiver in the cold, you might also shiver from excitement or even fear. The involuntary shudder our bodies make in chilly weather is a response meant to raise our body temperature to a safe level. Shiver was originally chiveren, from the Old English ceafl, or "jaw." This is thought to be connected to the chattering your teeth do when you shiver.

Definitions of shiver
  1. verb
    shake, as from cold
    “The children are shivering--turn on the heat!”
    synonyms: shudder
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    type of:
    move involuntarily, move reflexively
    move in an uncontrolled manner
  2. verb
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    synonyms: shudder, thrill, throb
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    type of:
    move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
  3. noun
    a reflex motion caused by cold or fear or excitement
  4. noun
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    synonyms: chill, frisson, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle
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    type of:
    fear, fearfulness, fright
    an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
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