- 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.
- to cause sharply exhilarating excitement in; make shiver or tingle with excitement
- to produce vibrations or quivering in; cause to tremble
Origin of thrillMiddle 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 of thrillnew formation < the v.
verbthrilled, thrill·ing, thrills
- To cause to feel a sudden sensation of pleasure or delight; excite greatly: was thrilled to learn that she had won the contest.
- To cause to quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- To feel a sudden sensation of pleasure or delight: “His answer came that afternoon and she thrilled to see the handwriting” (Susan Minot).
- To quiver, tremble, or vibrate.
- a. A sudden feeling of pleasure or excitement: It gave him a thrill to learn their secret.b. A source or cause of pleasure or excitement: the thrills of the amusement park.
- A quivering or trembling caused by sudden excitement or emotion.
- Medicine A slight palpable vibration associated with a cardiac murmur and certain other cardiac or respiratory conditions.
Origin of thrillMiddle English thrillen, alteration of thirlen, to pierce, from Old English th&ymacron;rlian, from th&ymacron;rel, hole; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present thrills, present participle thrilling, simple past and past participle thrilled)
From Old English þyrlian.