Definition of throb in English:

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Pronunciation: /THräb/

verb (throbs, throbbing, throbbed)

[no object]
1Beat or sound with a strong, regular rhythm; pulsate steadily: the war drums throbbed figurative the crowded streets throbbed with life
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  • The place throbbed to the rhythm of pneumatic drills as dozens of new tourist complexes took shape to cater for local demand.
  • Her heart had pounded every second of the dinner, beating a rhythm that seemed to throb his name.
  • Her voice sang in perfect harmony with her instrument, and her heart throbbed with the pulse of a true balladeer.
pulsate, beat, pulse, palpitate, pound, thud, thump, drum, thrum, pitter-patter, go pit-a-pat, quiver
rare quop
1.1Feel pain in a series of regular beats: her foot throbbed with pain (as adjective throbbing) a throbbing headache
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  • He ached all over, his broken ankle throbbed with stabs of pain, and he was incredibly short of breath.
  • She stayed standing, though her leg throbbed with blinding pain.
  • The wound had healed somewhat but still throbbed with slight pain.


[usually in singular]
1A strong, regular beat or sound; a steady pulsation: the throb of the ship’s engines
More example sentences
  • Ease on in to the cool interior and the steady throb of the reggae beat tells you that you are in Marley Country.
  • Slowly, a rhythm grew inside my bosom, resulting in a pulsating throb of emotion from the bow to the instrument.
  • Occasionally the drumline rides on a steady electronic throb, but that's it.
1.1A feeling of pain in a series of regular beats.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps it was the dull throb of pain or the tyre mark on my shoe that put me in a particularly vicious mood.
  • It doesn't hurt as much as throb and that sensitive pain when I eat something hot or cold.
  • He forced himself onto his knees, ignoring the dull throb of pain that threatened to flare up any second and crawled a few inches, feeling the air blindly in front of him, before stopping to listen.


Late Middle English: probably imitative.

Words that rhyme with throb

blob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, job, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, sob, squab, stob, swab, yob

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Syllabification: throb

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