- 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.
- to affect one with a wave of emotion or excitement.
- to be stirred by a tremor or tingling sensation of emotion or excitement: He thrilled at the thought of home.
- to cause a prickling or tingling sensation; throb.
- to move tremulously; vibrate; quiver.
- a sudden wave of keen emotion or excitement, sometimes manifested as a tremor or tingling sensation passing through the body.
- something that produces or is capable of producing such a sensation: a story full of thrills.
- a thrilling experience: It was a thrill to see Paris again.
- a vibration or quivering.
- Pathology. an abnormal tremor or vibration, as in the respiratory or vascular system.
Origin of thrill
Examples from the Web for thrilled
My parents were thrilled with my choice, even though I had never even paid the campus a visit during the application process.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Needless to say, Juxiao was thrilled to see them and gave each of them a lot of love and affection.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 14, 2014
Of course, I would be thrilled to read an interesting collection by a man.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
You were thrilled to see this magnificent woman break out of this one horse town.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
I was hunkered down in my seat in the Municipalidad del Cuzco and thrilled—my heart was beating so fast!The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
She thrilled to the touch of his lips on her flesh; but she drew her arm away.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It had been so long since such a touch had thrilled him, so long since any caress had been given him.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
It was a badge of courage, whatever it was—a badge which thrilled and horrified me.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
But with most of the party, to be thrilled for a minute was enough.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He resumed his labours, thrilled with the sensation of accomplishment.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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
- to feel or cause to feel a thrill
- to tremble or cause to tremble; vibrate or quiver
Word Origin and History for thrilled
c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of Old English þyrlian, from þyrel "hole" (in Middle English, also "nostril"), from þurh "through" (cf. Middle High German dürchel "pierced, perforated;" see through) + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1590s, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." Related: Thrilled; thrilling.
"a shivering, exciting feeling," 1670s, from thrill (v.). Meaning "a thrilling experience" is attested from 1936.
- The vibration accompanying a cardiac or vascular murmur, detectible on palpation.