A shudder is an involuntary vibration, usually in your body, or the shaking itself. A cold breeze or an unpleasant memory might make you shudder.

A shudder isn't always a bad thing. It can mean a pleasurable sensation or tingle that goes through your body, like a shudder of excitement you feel when you see your favorite star on the street. As a verb, shudder means to shake and shiver. Being really cold or seeing something that scares you — a ghost! — can make you shudder. The phrase "shudder to think" means just the thought of something upsets you enough to shudder.

Definitions of shudder
  1. verb
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    synonyms: shiver, thrill, throb
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    type of:
    move or jerk quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
  2. verb
    shake, as from cold
    synonyms: shiver
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    type of:
    move involuntarily, move reflexively
    move in an uncontrolled manner
  3. noun
    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    synonyms: chill, frisson, quiver, shiver, 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)
  4. noun
    an involuntary vibration (as if from illness or fear)
    synonyms: tremor
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    type of:
    quiver, quivering, vibration
    the act of vibrating
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