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Words nearby heartthrob
What does heartthrob mean?
A heartthrob is someone, especially a pop culture figure, who is considered an object of romantic desire. Traditionally, the word has been almost exclusively applied to young men.
The word is especially used in the phrase teen heartthrob, referring to a young person, especially a musician or actor, who is the object of teenagers’ romantic affection, especially that of teenage girls. Teen heartthrobs are sometimes teenagers themselves, though they’re often in their 20s or sometimes even older.
This popular sense of heartthrob comes from the use of the word to mean a sweetheart—someone’s romantic partner.
Less commonly, heartthrob can be used as another word for a rapid heartbeat. Based on this meaning, it can also be used figuratively to refer to a passionate emotion. Neither of these senses are commonly used anymore.
Example: Every generation has a heartthrob idolized for their good looks, talent, and charismatic personality.
Where does heartthrob come from?
The first records of heartthrob come from around the 1800s, but its original sense referred to what someone’s heart does when it experiences a strong emotion—it starts throbbing, or beating faster. And this is what happens when fans see a person they consider a heartthrob—their heart throbs and swoons with affection. The pop culture sense of the word referring to an attractive teen idol is first recorded around the 1920s. The term arose in parallel with forms of mass media that allowed young viewers to idolize the attractive young person they saw on screen.
Who is your generation’s teen heartthrob? In the 1920s, there was silent film star Rudolph Valentino. In the ’40s, it was Frank Sinatra singing in front of screaming bobbysoxers. The screaming continued with Elvis Presley in the ’50s and the Beatles in the ’60s. Fast-forward to the ’80s, when most teen comedy movies had their own heartthrob. In the ’90s, it was Leonardo DiCaprio and a lot of boy band members—a trend that has continued with the popularity of K-pop. The related term teen idol isn’t limited to just young men.
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Heartthrob is most commonly applied to famous young men considered attractive.
And your Ultimate Degrassi Heartthrob is Eli Goldsworthy! Everyone's favorite hearse driving high school student is clearly still dear to many fans' hearts, @The_Munro we don't really have a prize, but winning itself is the best prize of all.
Results: https://t.co/siaq5yb8Kg pic.twitter.com/bUSDHLrRXZ
— Degrassi (@Degrassi) November 21, 2017
Watching classic teen rom-coms from the early to lates 2000s and ah yes. Chad Michael Murray was the teen heartthrob back then. Forgot about that. 😂
— WisteriaSea 🏳️🌈🔮 (@SeaofWisteria) April 26, 2020
Hoseok's been a heartthrob since the beginning pic.twitter.com/j8EE2FXQCZ
— rea⁷∞ ❥ (@SopeforSoul) April 18, 2020
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Is heartthrob used correctly in the following sentence?
He was a teen heartthrob in the ’80s, but he matured beyond the romantic comedies of his early years.
Example sentences from the Web for heartthrob
The film became a sensation, serving as a launchpad for stars Lana Condor and especially Noah Centineo, the heartthrob who earned comparisons to a young Mark Ruffalo.It was time for the ‘To All the Boys’ franchise to end|Sonia Rao|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Before he was a teenage heartthrob —Joji was garnering millions of views on YouTube as FilthyFrank.Creating viral content: Is it possible to harness viral trends?|Evelyn Johnson|September 22, 2020|Search Engine Watch
A conservative coloring book publisher is out with a new title imagining the tea party heartthrob as a bona fide superhero.Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite doing nothing to get the man of her dreams, he arrives at her doorstep as if she Ubered the heartthrob.Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tay-Tay Scorned|Sujay Kumar|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Baseball is losing not only one of its most revered players, but arguably its biggest heartthrob.The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets|Emily Shire|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Clooney is clearly thinking about the chapter marked "post-heartthrob," not that he's exactly losing his looks.
He first hit it big as Dr. Robert Caldwell on St. Elsewhere—the hospital heartthrob a decade before George Clooney did it on ER.