1857, from a- (1) + throb. Related: Athrobbing.

Nearby words

  1. atholl brose,
  2. athonite,
  3. athos,
  4. athrepsia,
  5. athrill,
  6. athrocyte,
  7. athwart,
  8. athwartships,
  9. athymia,
  10. athymism

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for athrob

  • From where they sat they could see Manti—Manti, alive, athrob, its newly-come hundreds busy as ants with their different pursuits.

    'Firebrand' Trevison|Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Her chin was held high, and beneath the thin brown skin of the throat the veins were athrob.

    Ben Blair|Will Lillibridge
  • The splendour of the sunset was in his soul and the world was athrob with joy.

    The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
  • Tingling in every nerve, athrob with an emotion new and inexplicable, she drew a long slow breath and turned her head away.

    The Highgrader|William MacLeod Raine