Definition of spine-tingling in English:

spine-tingling

adjective

informal
  • Thrilling or pleasurably frightening.

    ‘a spine-tingling adventure’
    • ‘OCTOPUSHY, a spine-tingling adventure story, is guaranteed to keep kiddies on the edge of their seats.’
    • ‘He turned, fixed his steely eyes on us, bared his terrifying set of teeth and let out a spine-tingling roar.’
    • ‘Shortly after the Hermes flyby of October 1937, the American Museum of Natural History created a spine-tingling exhibit for public display.’
    • ‘So at a spine-tingling opening, the audience walked into the exhibition space to find the puppets slowly lifted from supine positions on the floor - and ritually strung up from nooses on the roof.’
    • ‘I'm looking for some good horror - scary, spine-tingling, don't-read-when-you're-alone books to get me through this season that I always save for cheap-thrill reading.’
    • ‘Each member contributes songs and favourite covers to the project, but the group is able to ‘Jennify’ each number to make it their own, complete with signature spine-tingling harmonies.’
    • ‘The use of lighting plays an intrinsic role in creating a horrific, spine-tingling environment for the characters to interact within.’
    • ‘The Observer is on the lookout for ghostly goings-on in local haunted houses and tales of the spine-tingling supernatural.’
    • ‘Shipp's metallic chords against Brown's restless drumming and fitful swing are spine-tingling on Part Two, and his stately, harpsichord-like reverie entrancing on Part Three.’
    • ‘And then, just when the static cleared, the eerie, spine-tingling, sickly-sweet voice that every mage had come to fear sounded in the trees.’
    • ‘Even as scientists issue rules on chimeras in labs, a spine-tingling he-monster with the power to drag us back into the pre-Darwinian dark ages is slouching around Washington.’
    • ‘The moody, minimal, electronica of Natja and the gentle strumming of Diving Horses (with Dot Allison's plaintive, spine-tingling vocals) are the same; demanding repeated listening.’
    • ‘Although the World Cup is all encompassing at the moment, when it comes to sport there is no more spine-tingling moment than when 65,000 fans at Murrayfield sing ‘Flower of Scotland’.’
    • ‘When Strauss is firing on all cylinders, as here, the result can be an unashamedly thrilling and spine-tingling experience.’
    • ‘Extreme jobs are a problem when they're staffed by workers who aren't necessarily stoked by the spine-tingling thrill of a shift in interest rates, or jazzed by the chance to restructure a call center in Omaha.’
    • ‘Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece of a short story has produced spine-tingling chills in readers - or listeners - for more than 150 years.’
    • ‘I was a little shocked to find Medusa's entrance as eerie and spine-tingling as it was when I was ten.’
    • ‘And Shyamalan's skill at creating outrageously weird and spine-tingling situations remains keen.’
    • ‘The advertising, with spine-tingling music and mellow tones, welcomes us to the ‘glen of tranquillity‘.’
    • ‘From movies to TV to books, I look for the scariest and most spine-tingling things possible.’
    terrifying, frightening, petrifying, alarming, chilling, horrifying, shocking, scaring, spine-chilling, blood-curdling, appalling, dreadful, fearsome, nightmarish
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Pronunciation:

spine-tingling

/ˈspīn ˌtiNGɡ(ə)liNG/