thrill

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

Definition of thrill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 transitive : 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 intransitive : 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 intransitive, 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 Many high-profile celebrities and politicians, including Dwyane Wade, Pete Buttigieg, Diplo and Tamar Braxton, praised Lil’ Nas X for coming out, and his unapologetic public persona continues to inspire and thrill fans and break records. Lamar Dawson, NBC News, "Lil' Nas X is a futuristic Santa in new 'Holiday' music video," 13 Nov. 2020 Young naturalists will thrill to see the plants and animals that make up the ecosystem of a mountain pond, while at the same time, the pond — with the water as a mirror — reflects the sky. Shellie Lister, NOLA.com, "Check it out: Another StoryWalk in the woods," 8 Nov. 2020 That chilaquiles magic translates equally well into a torta on a soft bolillo roll ($9.50), the kind of thing that will thrill anybody who’s ever piled potato chips into a sandwich for crunch and drama. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "3 great new San Antonio restaurants for tacos, beer and ice cream: Chilaquil at the Pearl, Gold Feather and Black + White Modern Creamery," 22 Oct. 2020 Hearing Max Weinberg's propulsive drums, Jake Clemons' soaring saxophone and that celebrative, heroic Wall of Sound will thrill longtime believers. Star Tribune, "New music review: Springsteen sends a vibrant 'Letter' about mortality," 22 Oct. 2020 And now, creator Mike Flanagan is back with The Haunting of Bly Manor, which is different than the first series, but is very similar in its aim to thrill this spooky season. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The Haunting Of Bly Manor’s," 12 Oct. 2020 This is the sort of book that deserves the reader’s full attention—which is to say, a shallow reading will yield superficial entertainment, but a slow and thoughtful reading will genuinely thrill. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Strangers in a New Land," 2 Oct. 2020 These watershed moments can thrill a fan base and ignite a clubhouse. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Joey Bart’s arrival echos Giants debuts of Clark, Lincecum, Posey, Bumgarner," 26 Aug. 2020 Warner had a shot on Austin early in camp that didn’t thrill defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ practice report: This time, Jimmy Garoppolo rebounds from pick parade," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of thrill

Verb

1599, in the meaning defined at 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

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The first known use of thrill was in 1599

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Last Updated

19 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thrill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrill. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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