- a person or thing that thrills.
- an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.
Origin of thriller
Examples from the Web for thriller
Thriller author Patrick Oster was a reporter in Berlin when the wall came down 25 years ago.
What prompted you to pick the fall of the Berlin Wall as the backdrop for your thriller?
With Thriller, we took 800 songs and whittled them down to nine.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
He believed American audiences were ready for a thriller set in Africa.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
His detective novels contain none of the twists that strain credulity so often relied upon by thriller novelists.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
How like a "thriller" it was to be rushing toward such a gripping scene!Spring Street
James H. Richardson
If she only could write scenarios, what a thriller this would make!Exit Betty
Grace Livingston Hill
“But a thriller,” Ace assured them, as Norris lighted his pipe on the lee of a bowlder.Unexplored!
This was a thriller that appealed to the familiar in him,—the impishness that died hard.Joyce of the North Woods
Harriet T. Comstock
This is the weird, fantastic “thriller” from which sprang the Protocols.The History of a Lie
- a book, film, play, etc, depicting crime, mystery, or espionage in an atmosphere of excitement and suspense
- a person or thing that thrills
Word Origin and History for thriller
1889, "sensational story," agent noun from thrill (v.).
A suspenseful, sensational story or film: “Ken Follett writes best-selling spy thrillers.”