Shiver me timbers

What does "Shiver me timbers" mean?

Today it means: Its just a saying or sailors cuss

A term used by sailors when a ship would be hit by waves so fiercely that the masts (timbers) would shake violently causing fear and dread to all on-board. Shiver also means to break into pieces or to splinter.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

Reviews and comments

No reviews or comments on "Shiver me timbers" yet.
If you can see a problem or you want to add something to our explanation or you just want to let us know what you think, then click on the pen and papar icon above.

There are 423 other nautical phrases, sayings and sailing terms listed on this website today. "Shiver me timbers" is just one of them. Many have been around for years and have entered our everyday use; but do you know what they mean and where they came from? This is where you find out.

Nautical sayings and phrases

Why not use our sailing quiz to build your understanding of sailing terms and boat trivia whilst you tackle the questions designed to help you pass your next sailing course.

Try our Free Sailing Quiz

What does Shiver me timbers mean?

What is the nautical origin of the phrase "Shiver me timbers"?

Definition of the nautical phrase "Shiver me timbers".

SailingQuiz Works on: All platforms
Rated: 4 stars - 46 reviews.

Review SailingQuiz

Advertising for sailing professionals | SailingQuiz 0,