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verb (used without object),throbbed, throb·bing.
  1. to beat with increased force or rapidity, as the heart under the influence of emotion or excitement; palpitate.

  2. to feel or exhibit emotion: He throbbed at the happy thought.

  1. to pulsate; vibrate: The cello throbbed.

  1. the act of throbbing.

  2. a violent beat or pulsation, as of the heart.

  1. any pulsation or vibration: the throb of engines.

Origin of throb

First recorded in 1325–75; unattested Middle English throbben, implied in present participle throbbant “throbbing”; further origin unknown

synonym study For throb

1. See pulsate.

Other words from throb

  • throb·ber, noun
  • out·throb, verb (used with object), out·throbbed, out·throb·bing.

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How to use throb in a sentence

  • Winston felt his pulses throb faster, for the girl's unabated confidence stirred him, but he looked at her gravely.

    Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
  • The next moment the engine began to throb regularly, and the blades of the propeller whirled.

  • Kari stood and a quiver ran through his muscles and I could see his body throb.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji

British Dictionary definitions for throb


/ (θrɒb) /

verbthrobs, throbbing or throbbed (intr)
  1. to pulsate or beat repeatedly, esp with increased force: to throb with pain

  2. (of engines, drums, etc) to have a strong rhythmic vibration or beat

  1. the act or an instance of throbbing, esp a rapid pulsation as of the heart: a throb of pleasure

Origin of throb

C14: perhaps of imitative origin

Derived forms of throb

  • throbbing, adjective
  • throbbingly, adverb

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