intransitive verbthrobbed, throb′bing
- to beat, pulsate, vibrate, etc.
- to beat strongly or fast; palpitate, as the heart under exertion
- to feel or express emotion; quiver with excitement
Origin of throbMiddle English throbben, probably of echoic origin, originally
- the act of throbbing
- a beat or pulsation, esp. a strong one of the heart