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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 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 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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thrilled in Medicine

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

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