Definition of judder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌdə/
chiefly British


[no object]
(Especially of something mechanical) shake and vibrate rapidly and with force: the steering wheel juddered in his hand
More example sentences
  • Then James saw his friend's shoulders begin to shake, juddering up and down and suddenly Jenni was crying into his chest.
  • Jo said: ‘I woke up at about 8am and everything was juddering, which must have been the earthquake.’
  • Without even seeing my room, I chase after my taxi, and within minutes we are juddering through the warm spring evening and neon-lit streets which wind down to the harbour.


An instance of rapid and forceful shaking and vibration: the car gave a judder
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  • The doors immediately slid shut, and with a shake and a judder, the floor beneath them lurched.
  • It's the driver's skill, not the different country, that decides whether it's just a bump or a horrible judder!
  • Luckily not a single judder or unevenness of movement occurred and the next day the ‘rushes’ indicated that the job had been completed successfully - and not before time.



Example sentences
  • Of all the many, many problems with London's overcrowded, overcharged, much-delayed, juddery and downright unpleasant Tube system, safety has not been one of them.
  • Glick let the car sit idly by the kerb, the engine running, a little juddery off a cold start, and puffing away at a great exhaust roach.


1930s: imitative; compare with shudder.

Words that rhyme with judder

rudder, shudder, udder
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