- The definition of a thrill is a sudden feeling of excitement or a cause of such feelings.
An example of a thrill is the visiting with a long lost friend.
- To thrill is defined as to cause excitement.
An example of to thrill is for grandchildren to pay their grandmother a surprise visit.
Grandparents thrilled to see their grandchildren.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to cause sharply exhilarating excitement in; make shiver or tingle with excitement
- to produce vibrations or quivering in; cause to tremble
Origin: Middle English thrillen, by metathesis from thyrlen from Old English thyr(e)lian, to pierce from thyrel, perforation, hole from base of thurh, through
- to feel emotional excitement; shiver or tingle with excitement
- to tremble; vibrate; quiver
- a thrilling or being thrilled; tremor of excitement
- the quality of thrilling, or the ability to thrill: the thrill of the chase
- something that causes emotional excitement
- a vibration; tremor; quiver
- Med. an abnormal tremor, as of the circulatory system, that can be felt by the hand on palpation
Origin: new formation < the v.
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verb thrilled, thrill·ing, thrills verb, transitive
- To cause to feel a sudden intense sensation; excite greatly.
- To give great pleasure to; delight. See Synonyms at enrapture.
- To cause to quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- To feel a sudden quiver of excitement or emotion.
- To quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- A quivering or trembling caused by sudden excitement or emotion.
- A source or cause of excitement or emotion.
- Pathology A slight palpable vibration that often accompanies certain cardiac and circulatory abnormalities.
Origin: Middle English thrillen, alteration of thirlen, to pierce, from Old English thȳrlian, from thȳrel, hole; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- thrillˈing·ly adverb
thrill - Medical Definition