[ thril-ing ]
/ ˈθrɪl ɪŋ /


producing sudden, strong, and deep emotion or excitement.
producing a tremor, as by chilling.
vibrating; trembling; quivering.

Origin of thrilling

First recorded in 1520–30; thrill + -ing2

Related forms

thrill·ing·ly, adverbun·thrill·ing, adjective

Definition for thrilling (2 of 2)


[ thril ]
/ θrɪl /

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)


Origin of thrill

1250–1300; Middle English thrillen orig., to penetrate, metathetic variant of thirlen to thirl

Related forms

sub·thrill, nounun·thrilled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thrilling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈθrɪlɪŋ) /


very exciting or stimulating
vibrating or trembling

Derived Forms

thrillingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for thrilling (2 of 2)


/ (θrɪl) /


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 for thrill

Old English thӯrlian to pierce, from thyrel hole; see nostril, through
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Medicine definitions for thrilling


[ thrĭl ]


The vibration accompanying a cardiac or vascular murmur, detectible on palpation.
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