Definition of thrill in English:


Pronunciation /THril/ /θrɪl/

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  • 1A sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.

    • ‘the thrill of jumping out of an airplane’
    excitement, feeling of excitement, thrilling experience, stimulation, sensation, glow, tingle, titillation
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    1. 1.1An experience that produces a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      • ‘to ride a winner is always a thrill’
    2. 1.2A wave or nervous tremor of emotion or sensation.
      • ‘a thrill of excitement ran through her’
      tremor, wave, rush, surge, flash, flush, blaze, stab, dart, throb, tremble, quiver, flutter, shudder, vibration
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  • 2Medicine
    A vibratory movement or resonance heard through a stethoscope.

    1. 2.1archaic A throb or pulsation.
      twinge, pang, ache, throb, spasm, cramp, dart, blaze, prick, flash, thrill, gnawing
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  • 1with object Cause (someone) to have a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.

    ‘his kiss thrilled and excited her’
    • ‘they were thrilled with the results’
    • ‘I'm thrilled to death’
    • ‘they were thrilled to pieces’
    excite, stimulate, arouse, rouse, inspire, give joy to, delight, give pleasure to, stir, stir up, exhilarate, intoxicate, electrify, galvanize, move, motivate, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fire someone's imagination, fuel, brighten, animate, lift, quicken
    exciting, stirring, action-packed, rip-roaring, gripping, riveting, fascinating, dramatic, hair-raising, rousing, lively, animated, spirited, stimulating, moving, inspiring, inspirational, electrifying, passionate, impassioned, emotive, emotional, emotion-charged, heady, soul-stirring
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    1. 1.1no object Experience a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      • ‘ thrill to the magic of the world's greatest guitarist’
  • 2no object, with adverbial (of an emotion or sensation) pass with a nervous tremor.

    • ‘the shock of alarm thrilled through her’
    1. 2.1literary no object Quiver or throb.
      be excited, feel excited, tingle, feel joy
      rush, race, surge, cascade, course, flood, flow, gush, wash, well up, sweep, flash, blaze, throb, quiver, shiver, flutter, shudder, vibrate
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    thrills and chills
    • Excitement and exhilaration, especially when derived from dangerous sports or entertainments.

      • ‘audiences were in a mood for thrills and chills this weekend’
    the thrill of the chase
    • Pleasure and excitement derived from seeking something desired, especially a sexual partner.

      • ‘I was so lost in the thrill of the chase that I didn't realize we were entirely incompatible’


Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pierce or penetrate’): alteration of dialect thirl ‘pierce’.