shiver Definition

  • 1to shake slightly and uncontrollably because of cold, fear, or excitement
  • 2a shaking movement of the body, especially because of cold or fear

Using shiver: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shiver" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She shivered with cold.

  • Example

    The dog was shivering with fear.

  • Example

    I felt a shiver run down my spine.

  • Example

    A shiver of excitement ran through her body.

shiver Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for shiver

Phrases with shiver

  • send shivers down someone's spine

    to cause someone to feel a sudden intense sensation of fear, excitement, or pleasure


    The sound of the creaking door sent shivers down her spine.

  • an exclamation of surprise or strong emotion, typically used humorously


    Shiver me timbers! That's the biggest fish I've ever seen!

  • shiver in one's shoes

    to be very frightened or scared


    I was shivering in my shoes when I heard the strange noise in the dark alley.


Summary: shiver in Brief

The term 'shiver' [ˈʃɪvər] refers to a slight and uncontrollable shaking of the body due to cold, fear, or excitement. It can be used as a verb or a noun, as in 'She shivered with cold' or 'I felt a shiver run down my spine.' The phrase 'send shivers down someone's spine' denotes a sudden intense sensation of fear, excitement, or pleasure.

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