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thrill

[ thril ]
/ θrɪl /
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verb (used with object)
to affect with a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, as to produce a tremor or tingling sensation through the body.
to utter or send forth tremulously, as a melody.
verb (used without object)
noun
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Origin of thrill

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English thrillen originally, “to penetrate,” metathetic variant of thirlen “to pierce; thrill” (see thirl)

OTHER WORDS FROM thrill

sub·thrill, noun
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How to use thrill in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thrill

thrill
/ (θrɪl) /

noun
a sudden sensation of excitement and pleasureseeing his book for sale gave him a thrill
a situation producing such a sensationit was a thrill to see Rome for the first time
a trembling sensation caused by fear or emotional shock
pathol an abnormal slight tremor associated with a heart or vascular murmur, felt on palpation
verb
to feel or cause to feel a thrill
to tremble or cause to tremble; vibrate or quiver

Word Origin for thrill

Old English thӯrlian to pierce, from thyrel hole; see nostril, through
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