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
Bradley thrilled the crowd at Bunbury last year with his high-energy performance with his band, the Extraordinaires.
Trump’s visceral rage is what thrills Republicans, not his policy — and a huge number of Republicans aren’t even interested in whether the rage undercuts his policy.
Despite feeling less-than-thrilled about her unwashed hair, Alyse didn't give up, and kept up the habit for an entire month.
Still, the new CEO dropped his predecessor’s Perform 2020 business plan, which initially thrilled markets by boosting profitability before backfiring as pilots and cabin crew resisted cost cuts shoved through in the face of union opposition.
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.
In a normal world, a city's historical association would be thrilled to have a member of its archival staff produce a published history of the city.
Back in Linyi, he is thrilled by the level of detail preserved in the tracks.
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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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