Definitions for thrillθrɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to affect with a sudden wave of excitement, as to produce a tingling sensation through the body:

    I was thrilled by the good news.

  2. (v.i.)to experience a wave of emotion or excitement:

    to thrill at the thought of home.

  3. to vibrate or throb.

  4. (n.)a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement.

  5. something that produces such a sensation.

  6. a thrilling experience.

  7. an abnormal tremor within the body, as in the throat or heart.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of thrill:

1250–1300; ME: orig., to penetrate, metathetic var. of thirlen to thirl

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick(noun)

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  2. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle(noun)

    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

    "a frisson of surprise shot through him"

  3. thrill(verb)

    something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation

    "the thrills of space travel"

  4. thrill(verb)

    cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input

    "The men were thrilled by a loud whistle blow"

  5. thrill, tickle, vibrate(verb)

    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

    "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"

  6. shudder, shiver, throb, thrill(verb)

    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement

  7. exhilarate, tickle pink, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatify(verb)

    fill with sublime emotion

    "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thrill(noun)θrɪl

    a feeling of great excitement and happiness

    the thrill of success; It was a huge thrill to meet him.

  2. thrill(verb)θrɪl

    to make sb feel great excitement and happiness

    The idea of traveling thrilled me.


  1. thrill(Noun)

    a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion

  2. thrill(Noun)

    a cause of sudden excitement; a kick

  3. thrill(Noun)

    a slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur

  4. thrill(Verb)

    To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.

  5. thrill(Verb)

    To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.

  6. thrill(Verb)

    To pierce.

  7. Origin: From þyrlian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrill(noun)

    a warbling; a trill

  2. Thrill(verb)

    a breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird

  3. Thrill(verb)

    to perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill

  4. Thrill(verb)

    hence, to affect, as if by something that pierces or pricks; to cause to have a shivering, throbbing, tingling, or exquisite sensation; to pierce; to penetrate

  5. Thrill(verb)

    to hurl; to throw; to cast

  6. Thrill(verb)

    to pierce, as something sharp; to penetrate; especially, to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system with a slight shivering; as, a sharp sound thrills through the whole frame

  7. Thrill(verb)

    to feel a sharp, shivering, tingling, or exquisite sensation, running through the body

  8. Thrill(noun)

    a drill. See 3d Drill, 1

  9. Thrill(noun)

    a sensation as of being thrilled; a tremulous excitement; as, a thrill of horror; a thrill of joy

Translations for thrill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an excited feeling

a thrill of pleasure/expectation.

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