Definition of thrill
1a : to cause to experience a sudden sharp feeling of excitement the news thrilled himb : to cause to have a shivering or tingling sensation
2 : to cause to vibrate or tremble perceptibly
2 : to move or pass so as to cause a sudden wave of emotion
thrillinglyplay \ˈthri-liŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of thrill in a Sentence
Circus performers still thrill audiences today.
I was thrilled by their decision.
Recent Examples of thrill from the Web
But not everyone is thrilled by the fan frenzy over Harry's role; in fact, his costars think it's gotten a bit out of hand.
Certainly no one believes the dragons that have thrilled viewers of HBO’s hit series exist in any real sense.
Back in Linyi, he is thrilled by the level of detail preserved in the tracks.
A show with colorfully costumed samba dancers thrilled the audience, including members’ husbands Frank Virgallito, Kerry Erickson and Erickson’s guest Ed Workman, who all posed for pictures with the lovely dancers.
Needless to say, the idea of hiking three days in the wilderness, with no one to watch me suffer but oxen and farmers, was less than thrilling.
Secret Service agents, in an ESPN documentary, said they weren’t thrilled about Bush going to Yankee Stadium after the terrorist attacks.
Thrilled with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Cagle said the biggest problem facing Donald Trump is the mainstream media.
The new bike lane had caused some confusion, with the occasional driver parking in the bike pathway next to the curb, but others were thrilled to be able to cycle from Patterson Park on the north to Canton Waterfront Park on the south.
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THRILL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thrill for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel very excited or happy
: to feel very excited or happy about something
THRILL Defined for Kids
Definition of thrill for Students
: to have or cause to have a sudden feeling of excitement or pleasure
History for thrill
In the 1300s a person who was thrilled might not live long enough to tell about it, because the Middle English verb thrillen—the ancestor of our word thrill—meant literally “to pierce” or “stab,” as with a sword or spear. Thrillen was a variant of thirlen, which continued Old English thyrlian, derived from thyrel, “hole.” (The word thyrel also entered into Old English nosthyrl, literally, “nose hole,” the ancestor of modern English nostril.) Because the feeling of being pierced is a little like the experience of being moved by a strong emotion, thrill came to mean “to cause someone to feel excited.”
Definition of thrill for Students
1 : a sudden strong feeling especially of excitement or happiness the thrill of victory … Harry felt a sudden thrill of foreboding. — J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
2 : something that produces a feeling of excitement The boys went into town in search of thrills.
Medical Definition of thrill
: an abnormal fine tremor or vibration in the respiratory or circulatory systems felt on palpation a continuous systolic and diastolic murmur, frequently associated with a thrill—R. L. Cecil & R. F. Loeb
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