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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.
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 for thrilled
  • She is understandably thrilled to have some time to focus on long-gestating projects.
  • Most of us would be thrilled to have that kind of student.
  • She will not remember this experience fondly, and won't be particularly thrilled to offer you research help later.
  • Applicants are thrilled to commit that kind of time if the committee is genuinely interested in hiring them.
  • The military personnel did not seem thrilled at its mention.
  • To which, and to my complete and thrilled surprise, he agreed.
  • And leaves me thrilled with a sense of strange adventure.
  • Their address is usually listed on the publication and they are often thrilled to have someone interested in their research.
  • So thrilled to see our little podcast mentioned here.
  • Reading them today, our reviewer is thrilled by their genius.
British Dictionary definitions for thrilled


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 thrilled
c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of O.E. þyrlian, from þyrel "hole" (in M.E., also "nostril"), from þurh "through" (cf. M.H.G. dürchel "pierced, perforated") + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1592, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." The noun in this sense is from 1680; meaning "a thrilling experience" is attested from 1936. Thriller "sensational story" is from 1889.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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thrilled in Medicine

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

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