- producing sudden, strong, and deep emotion or excitement.
- producing a tremor, as by chilling.
- vibrating; trembling; quivering.
Origin of thrilling
- 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 thrilling
The pulse of the music gives the film a thrilling kind of unity.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
When they told me that Ben was interested in doing it, I thought, “How thrilling!”Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind
November 10, 2014
The 16-song pop treasure chest comes to a thrilling close with “New Romantics,” a remix-ready stomper crammed with witty lyrics.Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: Country’s Prodigal Daughter Creates the Best Pop Album of the Year
October 25, 2014
As a recovering fan, I still regard football as a thrilling spectacle.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
We go back into the city which is thrilling to be back there again.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
October 14, 2014
There was a thrilling silence, as the waters closed over his body.Brave and Bold
Andrew, thrilling with horror, recognized one as a sawed-off shotgun.Way of the Lawless
He had been relating a thrilling adventure with a man-eating tiger.Weighed and Wanting
And there came to me a thrilling confidence that he understood.The Bacillus of Beauty
In 'The Christian Martyrs' we have a striking, thrilling and ennobling picture.In the Heart of Vosges
- very exciting or stimulating
- vibrating or trembling
- 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 thrilling
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.