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

Examples of heartthrob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But country singer and hunky heartthrob Blake hasn’t always been such a nice guy, at least according to himself. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Said He Was a ‘Jerk’ Before Gwen Stefani and We Don't Know What to Think," 29 Dec. 2019 On the Sexiest Man in 2000: People's infamous Sexiest Man of the Year title began the new millennium with an iconic heartthrob. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Lawrence Thinks Brad Pitt Is "Literally the Most Beautiful Man"," 6 Dec. 2019 That may be why despite the 10-year gap between releases, the Brothers have so easily resumed their as role as shriek-inducing heartthrobs. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Review: For the Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins again as their reunion tour hits Phoenix," 6 Oct. 2019 Jo is living in a boarding house in Manhattan in the late 1860s, tutoring the proprietor’s children and catching the hesitant attention of the scholarly Friedrich Bhaer (French heartthrob Louis Garrel, of all people). Kenneth Turan, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: With a splendid new ‘Little Women,’ Greta Gerwig is thinking big," 24 Dec. 2019 The series also introduced us to chocolate heartthrob, Kofi Siriboe. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "A Definitive List Of The Best Black TV Shows Of The Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, ABC News anchor Amy Robach, and Bachelorette heartthrob Tyler Cameron all laced up their running shoes for the world’s largest marathon. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Geoffrey Kamworor & Joyciline Jepkosgei Win Men's and Women's Divisions at New York City Marathon," 3 Nov. 2019 When Calls the Heart left its viewers shocked and saddened when heartthrob Jack Thornton was killed off during the season 5 finale. Taysha Murtaugh And Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "22 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Men That Every Cool Dad Will Love," 10 July 2019 Who better to play notorious serial killer Ted Bundy than America’s High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron? Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of heartthrob

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heartthrob.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartthrob. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartthrob

: an attractive and usually famous man

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