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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Now, though, Mendes seems to be pulling from a whole new set of references on the MTV VMAs red carpet this year: ’90s heartthrobs. Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Channels Your Favorite ’90s Heartthrob at the VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 Aspiring digital heartthrob Austyn Tester, a good-natured teen from rural Tennessee, asks his brother, Donovan, to take his picture with his smartphone. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Jawline’ examines the fleeting fame of live streams," 21 Aug. 2019 Patrick Dempsey‘s heartthrob status doesn’t give him any credit with his kids. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Patrick Dempsey Says His Kids ‘Make Fun of Me’ for Being a Heartthrob," 20 Aug. 2019 Recently, a student in one such tutorial expressed admiration for notorious US serial killer Ted Bundy, even going as far as to say she was attracted to him—or at least Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron’s portrayal of him. Xanthe Mallett, Quartz, "‘True crime’ entertainment disrespects victims and their families—and it needs to stop," 17 Aug. 2019 British heartthrob Idris Elba will bring his tunes, as will Ed Banger kingpin Busy P and disco punk legend DJ Harvey. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Justice, Black Coffee & More Announced on All My Friends 2019 Lineup," 8 Aug. 2019 The man who played Southern heartthrob Jake Perry seems to think there's more to the story between him and Reese's character, Melanie Smooter. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "There Might Be a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Sequel in Our Future and We’re Losing It," 1 Aug. 2019 Like us, Clarke is having a hard time leaving Game of Thrones behind, which is why the actress's reunion with heartthrob Momoa is so damn essential right now. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones Reunion Will Melt Your Heart," 28 July 2019 Los Retros just got off the road opening for Hawthorne heartthrob Cuco, a connection that further confirms the rise of a new generation of Mexican American balladeers coming up from the underground. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: New music from Los Retros; a Chip and Tony Kinman retrospective," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of heartthrob

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of heartthrob

: an attractive and usually famous man

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