thrill

verb
\ ˈthril How to pronounce thrill (audio) \
thrilled; thrilling; thrills

Definition of thrill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

1 : to cause (someone) to experience a strong feeling of enjoyable excitement The news thrilled him. a performance that thrilled the crowd It's just one of the 35 breathtaking stunts the 47-year-old daredevil pilot uses to thrill spectators at airshows across the country.— Jean Bryant — see also thrilled, thrilling
2 : to experience a surge of excitement and pleasure They thrilled to the sound of his voice. She remembers that her father thrilled to see his daughter's name in print …— David Ansen From the beginning, Americans thrilled to the Hubble's potential to do dramatic science, to take us intellectually where no one has gone before.— Chet Raymo Kit thrilled at the sight of the familiar red coats.— Elizabeth George Speare
3 chiefly literary
a : to move or pass so as to cause a sudden wave of emotion … a faint cold fear thrills through my veins …— William Shakespeare
b : tremble entry 1, vibrate … the very rocks seem to thrill with life.— John Muir

thrill

noun
plural thrills

Definition of thrill (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a feeling of great excitement or happiness The thrill isn't gone from our marriage after all this time. the thrill of discovery/victory "The most fun thing I've done so far," [Dorothy] Parke reports, "is put my foot through a window. It was only breakaway glass; but it was my first stunt, and it gave me such a thrill."— Paul Francis
b : a tingling of or as if of the nerves produced by a sudden emotional reaction a thrill of horror a thrill of pride/pleasure/anticipation Harry felt a thrill of dread: He was about to pay for what had just happened, he was sure of it.— J. K. Rowling
2 : a very exciting or enjoyable event or experience What a thrill it was to see the Queen! a movie with a lot of thrills and chills [=exciting and frightening parts] the thrills and spills of skateboarding He had always fancied himself as having a fine voice, and now to hear it from his wife's own lips was a real thrill.— E. B. White

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Examples of thrill in a Sentence

Verb Circus performers still thrill audiences today. I was thrilled by their decision.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, yes, I’d be thrilled if this crossover put more eyes on Outer Darkness. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Comics Crossover 'Outer Darkness' and 'Chew' Came Together," 6 Mar. 2020 Oddly enough, Collum was disappointed by his weight loss for the week -- most of us would be thrilled with a five-pound drop over a seven-day span -- but that’s part of the extreme culture of the USA reality series. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama’s Micah Collum makes top 6 on ‘The Biggest Loser’," 5 Mar. 2020 For a number of reasons, he would be thrilled at a South Houston-Deer Park district football game for the next two seasons and the opportunity rests in the UIL’s hands. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "South Houston football coach would enjoy a Deer Park reunion," 20 Jan. 2020 We were thrilled that Facebook was letting us catch up with long-lost friends and classmates. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Will the Real ‘Decade from Hell’ Please Stand Up?," 26 Nov. 2019 When Helena Plater-Zyberk, 43, of Berkeley, California, was hired as CEO of a health-care startup in 2014, she was thrilled. Ginny Graves, Health.com, "What Is Burnout? How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed at Work," 10 Oct. 2019 Lakers fans would be thrilled if LeBron James simply bled purple and gold. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: LeBron James no longer acting like a stranger to the Lakers and their fans," 27 Sep. 2019 And the Raiders would be thrilled with that, as will Jackson. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders mailbag: With Antonio Brown in rear-view mirror, a return to football questions," 13 Sep. 2019 Parcak would be thrilled if this new phase of Global Xplorer attracts millions of volunteers, with tens or even hundreds of thousands from India itself. National Geographic, "Solving India’s ancient mysteries—with the help of citizen scientists," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of thrill

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

Noun

circa 1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for thrill

Verb

Middle English thirlen, thrillen to pierce, from Old English thyrlian, from thyrel hole, from thurh through — more at through entry 1

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Time Traveler for thrill

Time Traveler

The first known use of thrill was in 1599

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Last Updated

24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thrill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrill. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for thrill

thrill

verb
How to pronounce thrill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thrill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to feel very excited or happy
: to feel very excited or happy about something

thrill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thrill (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feeling of great excitement or happiness
: a very exciting or enjoyable event or experience

thrill

verb
\ ˈthril How to pronounce thrill (audio) \
thrilled; thrilling

Kids Definition of thrill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have or cause to have a sudden feeling of excitement or pleasure

Other Words from thrill

thriller noun

thrill

noun

Kids Definition of thrill (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

thrill

noun
\ ˈthril How to pronounce thrill (audio) \

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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