heartthrob

[ hahrt-throb ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌθrɒb /
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noun

a rapid beat or pulsation of the heart.
a passionate or sentimental emotion.

Nearby words

  1. heartsome,
  2. heartsomely,
  3. heartsore,
  4. heartstopper,
  5. heartstrings,
  6. heartwarming,
  7. heartwood,
  8. heartworm,
  9. hearty,
  10. heat

Origin of heartthrob

First recorded in 1840–50; heart + throb

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British Dictionary definitions for heart-throb

heart-throb

noun

an object of infatuation
a heart beat
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Word Origin and History for heart-throb

heart-throb

n.

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

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