Main definitions of shiver in English

: shiver1shiver2

shiver1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a person or animal) shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited.

    ‘they shivered in the damp foggy cold’
    • ‘I was just starting to wrestle out of my oversized shirt, shivering slightly in the cold bathroom, when a heard a faint knocking on the main door.’
    • ‘My attention next goes to my back as I shiver in the cold air.’
    • ‘I shivered in the morning air as the sweat cooled my arms and legs.’
    • ‘The Seer crouched on her bed of moldy straw, shivering slightly from the cold.’
    • ‘She had already piled all the cloaks onto him and he was still shivering violently.’
    • ‘He could see something moving there, shaking, and shivering in fear.’
    • ‘Matt swore angrily under his breath, slightly shivering from the sudden cold and wetness.’
    • ‘She shivered with fear and hugged her legs to her chest as she cried silently.’
    • ‘I shivered in disgust, stomping past them into the hallway.’
    • ‘The girl shivered again under the thin blanket.’
    • ‘She sees the three girls shiver in fear.’
    • ‘The girl shivered in the rain as she took a step back.’
    • ‘I am burning up and shivering uncontrollably, hot cold sweat draining from my flesh.’
    • ‘Aiden ignored her and blew into her ear; her response was to involuntarily shiver uncontrollably.’
    • ‘Bruises decorated her face and shoulders, her body involuntarily shivering in reaction from the rain.’
    • ‘I felt the air around me drop a few degrees and shivered a bit.’
    • ‘I shivered in the cold air, my feet numb from the wet grass.’
    • ‘I began to feel my strength and stamina ebbing and shivered uncontrollably from the cold whenever we took a break for water.’
    • ‘I shivered slightly in the cold but couldn't help grinning to myself.’
    • ‘She shivered from the bitter cold, and knew what trouble she was in.’
    • ‘My legs were shaking, and my body was shivering violently.’
    tremble, quiver, shake, shudder, quaver, quake, vibrate, palpitate, flutter, convulse
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noun

  • 1A momentary trembling movement.

    ‘she gave a little shiver as the wind flicked at her bare arms’
    ‘the way he looked at her sent shivers down her spine’
    • ‘I tried to smile, suppressing the shiver that was running down my spine.’
    • ‘She sings with a power and commitment that sends shivers down your spine.’
    • ‘There is a particular passage in Myth that sends shivers down my spine.’
    • ‘Shivers of pure delight ran through my body but I inwardly scolded myself.’
    • ‘Small shivers of delight crept up his arm and into his chest.’
    • ‘Here are other titles that should give warm-weather readers a shiver of excitement.’
    • ‘She felt an involuntary shiver go through her.’
    • ‘As he reached with his hand, Caroline experienced a shiver of anticipation.’
    • ‘I suppressed a shiver of disgust and fought down the feelings of triumph writhing in my stomach.’
    • ‘A deep shiver coursed its way down his spine and into his feet.’
    • ‘A shiver of excitement ran through him, mixed with with fear.’
    • ‘A shiver racked his body, making his step ever so slightly falter.’
    • ‘So it is with a shiver of anticipation that I note the return of my favourite dilemma.’
    • ‘A shiver of pleasure went down her spine as she turned to look at him.’
    • ‘Even without knowing any of the facts this sent a cold shiver down my spine.’
    • ‘The word Conservative still sends shivers down the spine of voters.’
    • ‘He slid his hand down her back, sending shivers through her body.’
    • ‘As my gaze lands on them, I feel several small shivers running down my spine.’
    • ‘The voice sent shivers down Cate's spine, and she knew who it was without turning around.’
    • ‘Then he sees the drawing of the donkey and experiences a shiver of dread.’
    tremble, trembling, quiver, quivering, shake, start, shudder, shuddering, quaver, quake, vibration, tremor, palpitation, flutter, convulsion, twitch, jerk
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    1. 1.1the shivers A spell or an attack of trembling, typically as a result of fear or horror.
      ‘a look that gave him the shivers’
      • ‘By the time she'd fully rinsed the lather off of her body, the shivers had become completely uncontrollable.’
      • ‘Cold breezes raided the air giving some soldiers the shivers.’
      • ‘Although it might give you the shivers, it won't cause a cold.’
      • ‘It was rather frightening, but she overcame the shivers that took to her and broke the silence.’
      • ‘He was cold, thin and tall, wiry and cold, and his austere black eyes gave one the shivers the minute they met his eyes.’
      • ‘This disability gives a lot of people the shivers, and most of them think me unable to play golf.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'm ill at the moment - woke up at 2.30 am yesterday morning with a very scary attack of the shivers.’

Origin

Middle English chivere, perhaps an alteration of dialect chavele ‘to chatter’, from Old English ceafl ‘jaw’.

Pronunciation

shiver

/ˈʃɪvər//ˈSHivər/

Main definitions of shiver in English

: shiver1shiver2

shiver2

noun

usually shivers
  • Each of the small fragments into which something such as glass is shattered when broken; a splinter.

    • ‘I like to look at the way that small shivers and fragments of light, escape through a teeny gap in the curtains, throwing quirky shapes upon the wall or ceiling.’
    • ‘He picked the larger shivers of glass out of the cut but that just made it bleed more.’
    • ‘Keep away from windows because the high winds and pressure can shatter the window, sending shivers of glass everywhere.’
    • ‘The boy supped and brandished the weapons and in the process broke them all to shivers and splinters.’
    splinter, sliver, fragment, chip, shard, paring, shaving, shred, smithereen, particle, bit, piece
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Break into splinters or fragments.

    ‘the world seemed to shiver into a million splinters of prismatic color’
    • ‘Yet the crystals of my summer didn't shiver into fragments.’
    • ‘The gilt-framed mirror, which hung between the front windows, fell to the floor in the midst of them, and shivered into a dozen pieces.’
    • ‘Hurrying in he found a plaster bust of Napoleon, which stood with several other works of art upon the counter, lying shivered into fragments.’
    • ‘The blade fell upon the Indian's neck and shivered into several pieces.’
    • ‘Something tinkles inside you, shivering, quivering, and then it breaks, shattering like a crystal constellation.’
    smash, smash to smithereens, break, break into pieces, burst, blow out
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Phrases

  • shiver my timbers

    • A mock oath attributed to sailors.

      • ‘Well shiver me timbers and blow me down!’
      • ‘Well, ‘shiver me timbers’ as he loves to say.’
      • ‘Truly this is worse than the ‘Hey, you can shiver my timbers!’’
      • ‘A house, is it? Well shiver me timbers. I always wondered what one looked like on the inside.’

Origin

Middle English: from a Germanic base meaning ‘to split’; related to German Schiefer ‘slate’.

Pronunciation

shiver

/ˈSHivər//ˈʃɪvər/