Definition of thrill in English:

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Pronunciation: /THril/


1A sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure: the thrill of jumping out of an airplane
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  • He felt the thrill and excitement tingle up his back and he gave a small shiver, stepping closer to her.
  • Even when it came, the first 0-0 draw of the World Cup between world champions France and Uruguay, was full of thrills, drama and excitement.
  • For the growing tribe of philatelists in the city, stamp collection provides a window to the world with all the thrills and pleasures of an educative and fascinating hobby.
excitement, feeling of excitement, stimulation, adrenaline rush, pleasure, tingle;
fun, enjoyment, amusement, delight, joy
informal buzz, high, rush, kick, charge
1.1An experience that produces a feeling of excitement and pleasure.
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  • The thrill and sheer experience of Rome is very distinctive and unique.
  • That experience was a thrill for me, especially when he commented that I caught on rather quickly to things that had taken him most of his childhood to master.
  • Listening to Scott's deep pride and simple joy as she described her Olympic experience was a thrill.
1.2A wave or nervous tremor of emotion or sensation: a thrill of excitement ran through her
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  • But most of all I'm getting thrills of emotions that I haven't felt for such a long time, that I'd almost forgotten.
  • At points it hugs the very edge of the rim, giving me a nervous thrill.
  • Hikari knew the striking thrill of emotion before she could even think about it.
wave, shiver, rush, surge, flash, blaze, tremor, quiver, flutter, shudder, frisson
1.3 archaic A throb or pulsation.
1.4 Medicine A vibratory movement or resonance heard through a stethoscope.
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  • Stenosis in the artery causes a swishing sound, which is heard as a bruit on auscultation and also may be felt as a thrill or slight vibration in the vessel on palpation.
  • This systolic thrill is associated with an ejection type murmur heard best over the pulmonary area.
  • A precordial thrill, machinery-like murmur, and right bundle branch block were noted.


1 [with object] Cause (someone) to have a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure: his kiss thrilled and excited her I’m thrilled to death they were thrilled to pieces (as adjective thrilling) a thrilling adventure
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  • For their part, the people were thrilled with their new Queen.
  • I answer all me fan mail personally and I believe in that, because I'm thrilled to bits.
  • But you know, we're just thrilled with the success that the show has had.
excite, stimulate, arouse, rouse, inspire, delight, exhilarate, intoxicate, stir, charge up, electrify, galvanize, move, fire (with enthusiasm), fire someone's imagination
informal give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, give someone a charge
exciting, stirring, action-packed, breathtaking, rip-roaring, spine-tingling, gripping, riveting, fascinating, dramatic, hair-raising, mind-blowing;
rousing, stimulating, moving, inspiring, inspirational, electrifying, heady
1.1 [no object] Experience a feeling of excitement and pleasure: thrill to the magic of the world 's greatest guitarist
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  • Contempt is a daring idea to build a character around, much less a whole movie, and you thrill to Norton's hyperactive rant, his attitude.
  • What urban child doesn't thrill to the idea of clear pools and islands, the cleanness, the space, the apparently ownerless wilderness that they can call their own?
  • We thrill to their victories, commit their most heroic moments to memory, defend our favourite players with almost theological passion.
2 [no object] (Of an emotion or sensation) pass with a nervous tremor: the shock of alarm thrilled through her
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  • He thrust the sheets back into the portfolio, and a strange feeling of pain thrilled through him.
  • Exquisite pleasure thrilled through every nerve in my body.
  • As she watched his back disappear, an emotion thrilled up into her chest.
2.1 literary Quiver or throb.
be/feel excited, tingle, quiver
informal get a buzz out of, get a kick out of, get a charge out of


thrills and chills

The excitement of dangerous sports or entertainments, as experienced by spectators.



Pronunciation: /ˈTHriliNGlē/
Example sentences
  • As Ray makes clear, thrillingly at times, the subject's working life gives the biopic something to show, at any rate, but not necessarily a way to bring out character explicitly, in dialogue.
  • Tahitians seem to live to eat; stand next to your average Tahitian lady and you'll feel thrillingly slim, and as most of the food is imported from France, a visit to a Vaitape supermarket is reminiscent of your day trip to Boulogne.
  • Unusually perhaps for such an adhesive read, this is not exactly a thriller, rather a thrillingly evocative recreation of a few months in 1940, when the skies seemed dark and weighty with the country's future.


Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'pierce or penetrate'): alteration of dialect thirl 'pierce, bore'.

  • In medieval times thrill meant ‘to pierce, penetrate’, and the word is related to through and thorough. The sense ‘to affect with a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure’ dates back to the 17th century, but it was not until the early 20th century that someone delighted could say ‘I'm thrilled!’ The first thrillers were exciting plays in the 1880s.

Words that rhyme with thrill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will

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