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[thril] /θrɪl/
verb (used with object)
to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body.
to utter or send forth tremulously, as a melody.
verb (used without object)
to affect one with a wave of emotion or excitement.
to be stirred by a tremor or tingling sensation of emotion or excitement:
He thrilled at the thought of home.
to cause a prickling or tingling sensation; throb.
to move tremulously; vibrate; quiver.
a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, sometimes manifested as a tremor or tingling sensation passing through the body.
something that produces or is capable of producing such a sensation:
a story full of thrills.
a thrilling experience:
It was a thrill to see Paris again.
a vibration or quivering.
Pathology. an abnormal tremor or vibration, as in the respiratory or vascular system.
Origin of thrill
1250-1300; Middle English thrillen orig., to penetrate, metathetic variant of thirlen to thirl
Related forms
subthrill, noun
unthrilled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thrill
  • Part of the excitement here results from the thrill of the discovery.
  • Then there are those academics that get a thrill out of humiliating people in public at academic conferences.
  • Yet among many politicians, a palpable thrill has supplanted the usual drudgery.
  • Mistaken first impressions are all part of the thrill of the hunt.
  • The thrill of such speeds, and such hype, was not confined to flacks.
  • It combines the thrill of soaring through the air with the aesthetic pleasures of a bird's-eye view.
  • Those apps are great for music uber-fans who get a thrill from choosing a song for people.
  • The thrill of uncovering the past is matched only by discovering a clue to the future.
  • The thrill of the chase, though, may increasingly be a thing of the past.
  • Travel's ultimate thrill may be that one special discovery-and sharing it with kindred souls.
British Dictionary definitions for thrill


a sudden sensation of excitement and pleasure: seeing his book for sale gave him a thrill
a situation producing such a sensation: it was a thrill to see Rome for the first time
a trembling sensation caused by fear or emotional shock
(pathol) an abnormal slight tremor associated with a heart or vascular murmur, felt on palpation
to feel or cause to feel a thrill
to tremble or cause to tremble; vibrate or quiver
Word Origin
Old English thӯrlian to pierce, from thyrel hole; see nostril, through
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Word Origin and History for thrill

c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of Old English þyrlian, from þyrel "hole" (in Middle English, also "nostril"), from þurh "through" (cf. Middle High German dürchel "pierced, perforated;" see through) + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1590s, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." Related: Thrilled; thrilling.


"a shivering, exciting feeling," 1670s, from thrill (v.). Meaning "a thrilling experience" is attested from 1936.

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thrill in Medicine

thrill (thrĭl)
The vibration accompanying a cardiac or vascular murmur, detectible on palpation.

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