heart·​throb | \ ˈhärt-ˌthräb How to pronounce heartthrob (audio) \

Definition of heartthrob

1 : the throb of a heart
2a : sentimental emotion : passion
b : sweetheart also : a usually renowned man (such as an entertainer) noted for his sex appeal teen heartthrobs

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Former child star and teen idol Luis Miguel has matured into an elegant adult heartthrob. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 No list of celebrity Saints superfans is complete without actor/heartthrob Zac Efron, but there’s an obvious question where that’s concerned: How did a California kid like Efron become a Who Dat in the first place? Mike Scott, nola.com, "How Zac Efron became ‘a Saints fan for life’," 4 June 2019 After learning how to play guitar from YouTube tutorials, the heartthrob blew up on social media and ended up getting signed to Island Records in 2014 and releasing his first album in 2015. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe How Big Shawn Mendes' Net Worth Is!," 19 Apr. 2019 The trailer that came out earlier this year was also deeply unsettling, with the former heartthrob channeling the remorseless sociopath with absolutely meticulous precision. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Is Netflix's Ted Bundy Movie Coming Out? It's a Controversial Film," 29 Mar. 2019 Vogue gathered ten of today’s most exciting young stars—from genre-bending underground musicians to the heartthrobs of screens both big and small—to talk shop. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 Bobby Bowden, former football coach at Reyonold's alma mater, Florida State University, opened the service with a prayer and shared heartwarming stories of the famous heartthrob's football days. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Burt Reynolds' ex-wife Loni Anderson and son honor actor with 'intimate' Florida service," 22 Sep. 2018 And, of course, Noah Centineo shines as heartthrob Jamey in the movie, though no one is surprised by that. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did You Spot the “High School Musical” Easter Egg In “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”?," 7 Sep. 2018 Zac Efron—former High School Musical heartthrob—is portraying a serial killer, and people are eagerly awaiting his performance. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of heartthrob

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heartthrob was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of heartthrob

: an attractive and usually famous man

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