verb (used without object), throbbed, throb·bing.
Origin of throb
Examples from the Web for throbbed
She sat with clenched hands and set teeth before her dead grate, and the purple veins swelled and throbbed in her temples.A Book of Ghosts|Sabine Baring-Gould
A big pulse of sickness beat in him as if it throbbed through the whole earth.The Prussian Officer|D. H. Lawrence
His face became dark red, and the veins on his forehead and in his neck stood out and throbbed visibly.Archibald Malmaison|Julian Hawthorne
Islam throbbed with sympathy for the vanquished, and thirsted for vengeance on the oppressors.De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
Her heart throbbed wildly in response, throbbed as only a sad heart may when it realizes that there is to be balm for its wounds.Mrs. Red Pepper|Grace S. Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for throbbed
verb throbs, throbbing or throbbed (intr)
Word Origin for throb
Word Origin and History for throbbed
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps meant to represent in sound the pulsation of arteries and veins or the heart. Related: Throbbed; throbbing. The noun is first attested 1570s.