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[hahrt-throb] /ˈhɑrtˌθrɒb/
a rapid beat or pulsation of the heart.
a passionate or sentimental emotion.
Origin of heartthrob
First recorded in 1840-50; heart + throb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In these great centers one can feel the heart-throb of civilization.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • "Pray do not be disturbed," Faxon returned with a heart-throb of gladness.

    The Heatherford Fortune Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • It gratified her woman's vanity; it did not stir her to one heart-throb.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • But my heart-throb of childish delight was checked, mid-beat.

    Vanguards of the Plains Margaret McCarter
  • As the heart-throb slowed, his muscles slackened and obeyed his will, but yet he felt that something was amiss.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • It stole upon him gently, quelled the heart-throb, reclenched the tiny fists, and lulled him to forget.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • For journey the shortest distance may seem when every inch means a heart-throb and one grows old in traversing a foot.

  • Because deeper than any other heart-throb is the consciousness of personal uncleanness, and the bitter anguish it has caused.

    Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly
  • When he had seen her last she had not caused one heart-throb, he was almost indifferent to her.

    The Everlasting Arms

    Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for heart-throb


an object of infatuation
a heart beat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heart-throb

also heartthrob, 1839, from heart (n.) + throb (n.). Of persons who inspire romantic feelings, from 1928.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for heart-throb



One's deeply beloved: Who's your heartthrob this week? (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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