Definition of shivery in US English:



  • Shaking or trembling as a result of cold, illness, fear, or excitement.

    ‘he felt cold and shivery’
    • ‘He went to bed saying he felt cold and shivery and he awoke at 5am the following day coughing up blood.’
    • ‘Is anyone else feeling shivery chills about this?’
    • ‘You start feeling a bit chilly and shivery and the next thing your body starts to shut down, you get cramp, your muscles can't work and you can't swim.’
    • ‘Then I could have enjoyed a day off without the streaming nose rubbed raw, the aches and pains, the weak shaky shivery feelings…’
    • ‘It has become de rigueur to shoot horror/thrillers in blue/grey light, that might be mistaken for monochrome, with its shivery basement chill.’
    • ‘Might be tonsillitis, I can't swallow… agonizing but the worst is this cold, shivery and roasting both at once.’
    • ‘It was over as quickly as it had happened, leaving him feeling completely drained, his tightened muscles now limp and shivery and cold.’
    trembling, trembly, quivering, quivery, shaking, shaky, shuddering, shuddery, quavering, quavery, quaking
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