Definition of thrill in US English:

thrill

noun

  • 1A sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.

    ‘the thrill of jumping out of an airplane’
    • ‘Even when it came, the first 0-0 draw of the World Cup between world champions France and Uruguay, was full of thrills, drama and excitement.’
    • ‘But what of the thrills and heart-pounding excitement that were so much a part of her days in the player's game?’
    • ‘The thought sent a delightful thrill through her, making her loins tingle with an anticipation of shared pleasure.’
    • ‘The sheer thrill and enjoyment they took from the game is something that will live with me.’
    • ‘He felt the thrill and excitement tingle up his back and he gave a small shiver, stepping closer to her.’
    • ‘The third match between India and Sri Lanka in the aiwa Cup gave all these thrills, excitement and jubilation, to millions of cricket fans all over the world.’
    • ‘I still recall with delight the thrill of watching him learn to scoot around on the floor.’
    • ‘Three enterprising Killorglin students were treated to the thrill of a lifetime last Wednesday thanks to generous business tycoon Bill Cullen.’
    • ‘‘She was quite prepared to look to the defendant for excitement and sexual thrills,’ said Judge Stokes.’
    • ‘We receive just the right amount of thrills and whiteknuckled excitement, and enough time in between to enjoy the scenery and laugh and have a great time.’
    • ‘For the growing tribe of philatelists in the city, stamp collection provides a window to the world with all the thrills and pleasures of an educative and fascinating hobby.’
    • ‘The brooding, slow-building suspense of the Japanese original, Ring, has been replaced with cheap thrills that make you jump not because they're actually scary but because they come as a surprise.’
    • ‘Listening to good English can provide a real thrill of pleasure.’
    • ‘For though it's a challenge, it's a rewarding one, and the thrill and pleasure of coasting down the other side more than makes up for the hour spent pedalling in earnest to reach the peak.’
    • ‘I felt a thrill of excitement as I floated weightless, suspended over the void.’
    • ‘He has brought with him a support team of 60 people as well as props that fill seven trucks, Gallup promised Chinese audiences two hours of excitement and thrills.’
    • ‘They were delighted someone they knew had won the award, and no doubt their excitement gave Rhonda a thrill too.’
    • ‘I can honestly say that I felt a little thrill of excitement.’
    • ‘It was a call that sent a thrill of genuine excitement down the spine of every weary hack sitting there wondering whether the post-election day was ever going to end.’
    • ‘The school team served up some excellent displays of football and provided their supporters with lots of thrills and excitement.’
    excitement, feeling of excitement, thrilling experience, stimulation, sensation, glow, tingle, titillation
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    1. 1.1 An experience that produces a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      ‘to ride a winner is always a thrill’
      • ‘As an author, it was a thrill to create emotion in an audience.’
      • ‘But again, the biggest thrill of my day is surfing great waves in Baja in places that I've helped save.’
      • ‘So it was a thrill to hear from Jed, who'd come across my name on the Web and wanted to get in touch.’
      • ‘Listening to Scott's deep pride and simple joy as she described her Olympic experience was a thrill.’
      • ‘The thrill and sheer experience of Rome is very distinctive and unique.’
      • ‘The fight hadn't solved any problems, but its continued existence, a familiar sensation from my former life, was a thrill.’
      • ‘Tell us, do you seek the thrill rides at the amusement park or is the carousel more your speed?’
      • ‘They were a family like us doing something that families like us do: enjoying the thrill of fleeing the spray from the big waves that break against the sea wall in stormy conditions.’
      • ‘That experience was a thrill for me, especially when he commented that I caught on rather quickly to things that had taken him most of his childhood to master.’
      • ‘It was kind of a thrill to ride the wave of negativity that 800 people can generate.’
      • ‘I mean, it's usually a thrill to hear what readers think, and to see that I've made some connection across the ether.’
      • ‘TWO days of sporting thrills will kick off in Bolton tomorrow morning with the start of the Greater Manchester Youth Games.’
      • ‘It would also be a thrill to hear that squall of feedback at every public occasion where a national anthem is required.’
    2. 1.2 A wave or nervous tremor of emotion or sensation.
      ‘a thrill of excitement ran through her’
      • ‘Without knowing it, he touched his cheek where her lips had been only moments before and felt a thrill rush through him.’
      • ‘At points it hugs the very edge of the rim, giving me a nervous thrill.’
      • ‘The emphasis of her words doesn't escape Jem, and he suddenly feels a thrill of nervousness.’
      • ‘Her body ached sweetly with the memories of the previous night's dream and the sensation of the sheets brushing over her skin sent small thrills through her.’
      • ‘It often takes a sensation to create a thrill or terror, to take us beyond simple awareness to a throbbingly self-conscious recognition of the new.’
      • ‘Many people practice this type of exhibitionism to get a thrill or a rush from it.’
      • ‘But most of all I'm getting thrills of emotions that I haven't felt for such a long time, that I'd almost forgotten.’
      • ‘I felt an immense thrill rush, hoping he had finally taken a good look at my captor's feet.’
      • ‘These people don't come to the Dales to enjoy the scenery, since they don't linger long enough to enjoy it; they just come for cheap thrills and adrenaline rushes.’
      • ‘‘He is just the right height for me,’ she thought, feeling a thrill of happiness surging through her.’
      • ‘The thrill starts with the phone call, then the nervous anticipation when you arrive, then that moment when, if she has a maid, the door opens and you see her for the first time.’
      • ‘The game delivers an exhilarating thrill ride down huge wave faces and into barreling tubes, allowing gamers to pull off unbelievable moves.’
      • ‘A familiar thrill rushed through me as I took everything in.’
      • ‘His lips moved up her neck in a light fashion and gave her an uncomfortable thrill such that she shuddered.’
      • ‘When he gently squeezed her left arm, the electric thrill surged through her again, just as strongly as before.’
      • ‘Risk is not a necessary requirement for sensation-seeking, although it does intensify the thrill for a high sensation-seeker.’
      • ‘He grins as his body trembles with the thrill of true fear, the first he's felt since he faced the Masks.’
      • ‘The thought of seeing him again causes a little thrill of nervousness.’
      • ‘Hikari knew the striking thrill of emotion before she could even think about it.’
      • ‘This detected the sensation of thrill through real-time sampling and analysis of physiological reactions.’
      tremor, wave, rush, surge, flash, flush, blaze, stab, dart, throb, tremble, quiver, flutter, shudder, vibration
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  • 2Medicine
    A vibratory movement or resonance heard through a stethoscope.

    • ‘A precordial thrill, machinery-like murmur, and right bundle branch block were noted.’
    • ‘All vital signs were within normal limits, and no precordial murmurs, friction rubs, or thrills were present.’
    • ‘Stenosis in the artery causes a swishing sound, which is heard as a bruit on auscultation and also may be felt as a thrill or slight vibration in the vessel on palpation.’
    • ‘An arteriovenous fistula of the left arm had a palpable thrill.’
    • ‘This systolic thrill is associated with an ejection type murmur heard best over the pulmonary area.’
    1. 2.1archaic A throb or pulsation.
      twinge, pang, ache, throb, spasm, cramp, dart, blaze, prick, flash, gnawing
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verb

  • 1with object Cause (someone) to have a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.

    ‘his kiss thrilled and excited her’
    ‘they were thrilled with the results’
    ‘I'm thrilled to death’
    ‘they were thrilled to pieces’
    • ‘The couple are thrilled with their latest addition and so is their four-year-old son, Taylor, who has a companion to play with.’
    • ‘I picked up a catnip toy for Digger (there's a certain kind he really likes), and he was very thrilled with it.’
    • ‘Dylan didn't exactly look thrilled at the thought of being back in Michigan.’
    • ‘He seemed genuinely thrilled to be back on the mound, even without a blazing fastball.’
    • ‘Commodore Robert Hughes was thrilled with the day's events, which he said had been ‘absolutely fantastic’.’
    • ‘I answer all me fan mail personally and I believe in that, because I'm thrilled to bits.’
    • ‘We could hear her crying, she was so thrilled to hear his voice.’
    • ‘But you know, we're just thrilled with the success that the show has had.’
    • ‘Our baby is due the first week of March, and we are thrilled beyond belief.’
    • ‘Overall, I'm not thrilled with any of the choices for 2008, but then I rarely am.’
    • ‘They thrilled Canadian fans by winning the World Series in 1992 and 1993.’
    • ‘His parents were thrilled to have Irene and Audrey for dinner.’
    • ‘I was thrilled to learn that I was going down to Brownsville, Texas.’
    • ‘On Sunday The Thrills will be thrilling their fans with a spectacular live show.’
    • ‘I can tell you that I am thrilled to death, no pun intended.’
    • ‘For their part, the people were thrilled with their new Queen.’
    • ‘She said: ‘This is the first time I've owned my own place and I'm thrilled to bits.’’
    • ‘She was absolutely thrilled with the win as was her family who have supported her all the way since she first began her athletics career 5 years ago.’
    • ‘Personally, I think our male audience is thrilled to see women who love video games.’
    • ‘"I'm genuinely thrilled by our prospects.’
    excite, stimulate, arouse, rouse, inspire, give joy to, delight, give pleasure to, stir, stir up, exhilarate, intoxicate, electrify, galvanize, move, motivate, fire, fire with enthusiasm, fire someone's imagination, fuel, brighten, animate, lift, quicken
    exciting, stirring, action-packed, rip-roaring, gripping, riveting, fascinating, dramatic, hair-raising, rousing, lively, animated, spirited, stimulating, moving, inspiring, inspirational, electrifying, passionate, impassioned, emotive, emotional, emotion-charged, heady, soul-stirring
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    1. 1.1no object Experience a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      ‘thrill to the magic of the world's greatest guitarist’
      • ‘The bagpipes are warpipes and those who thrill to them today are the inheritors of a warrior tradition.’
      • ‘Blood Money, however, has some of his best work - aficionados will thrill to a couple of tracks in particular.’
      • ‘The fantasy junkies who thrill to Lord of the Rings and role-play games form one obvious tribe.’
      • ‘The Creator gave me eyes and senses to thrill to the appeal of femininity.’
      • ‘At a retail price of $32.99, the diehard Disney fanatic in your life will thrill to have this gem added their collection.’
      • ‘It's not that veeries are especially handsome thrushes, but I thrill to their song that rolls down the scale in an emphatic and ringing manner.’
      • ‘We thrill to see athletic skill - abilities that most of us possess to a degree - raised to the utmost level.’
      • ‘I thrill to the notion that someone is doing something More Important Than Weblogging.’
      • ‘Rather, we thrill to the juxtaposition of four amazing actors trading turns as the literary lovers in their prime and autumnal years.’
      • ‘What urban child doesn't thrill to the idea of clear pools and islands, the cleanness, the space, the apparently ownerless wilderness that they can call their own?’
      • ‘We thrill to their victories, commit their most heroic moments to memory, defend our favourite players with almost theological passion.’
      • ‘Gearheads will thrill to see racecars up close; lots of other activities are planned.’
      • ‘After all, everybody loves the bangs and it's a cold heart that won't thrill to their kaleidoscopic display.’
      • ‘Moviegoers can thrill to a spinning top exploding in mid-air!’
      • ‘I'm afraid I began to thrill to the prospect of her casting.’
      • ‘Geologists will thrill to the revelation of the layers of limestone, shale and sandstone.’
      • ‘Scorsese today is still one of America's best film-makers, and he still makes films that we can thrill to and think about.’
      • ‘As you read this special issue on Prisons, thrill to the fact that lives are being changed - in spite of their presence in prison cells.’
      • ‘Contempt is a daring idea to build a character around, much less a whole movie, and you thrill to Norton's hyperactive rant, his attitude.’
      • ‘They'll still thrill to the action scenes and laugh at the jokes.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial (of an emotion or sensation) pass with a nervous tremor.

    ‘the shock of alarm thrilled through her’
    • ‘Exquisite pleasure thrilled through every nerve in my body.’
    • ‘He thrust the sheets back into the portfolio, and a strange feeling of pain thrilled through him.’
    • ‘As she watched his back disappear, an emotion thrilled up into her chest.’
    1. 2.1literary no object Quiver or throb.
      be excited, feel excited, tingle, feel joy
      rush, race, surge, cascade, course, flood, flow, gush, wash, well up, sweep, flash, blaze, throb, quiver, shiver, flutter, shudder, vibrate
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Phrases

  • the thrill of the chase

    • Pleasure and excitement derived from seeking something desired, especially a sexual partner.

      ‘I was so lost in the thrill of the chase that I didn't realize we were entirely incompatible’
      • ‘Sportsmen, seeking the thrill of the chase, released rabbits, hares and foxes.’
      • ‘I've even heard them argue that the foxes actually, you know, quite like it, the thrill of the chase - until they're ripped to pieces.’
      • ‘Like the Antiques Roadshow, Reclaimers justifies itself as part bargain hunt - with all the thrill of the chase - and part history lesson.’
      • ‘They enjoy the pageantry, the horsemanship and the countryside. They relish the thrill of the chase, but stress that they derive pleasure from hunting, not killing.’
      • ‘There's not what you could call a plethora of foxes round here, but you still have the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘Women want to revisit the passion and lust of a new physical relationship and enjoy the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘India enjoy the thrill of the chase as chastened England head home’
      • ‘I think he enjoyed being successful and loved the thrill of the chase in business.’
      • ‘And no matter how much single people claim they want to live on their own (and fair enough if the only alternative is picking up the dirty pants of your sexually-hibernating cocoa partner) everyone loves the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘This way you could enjoy the thrill of the chase without the expense of owning a horse.’
  • thrills and chills

    • informal Excitement and exhilaration, especially when derived from dangerous sports or entertainments.

      ‘audiences were in a mood for thrills and chills this weekend’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pierce or penetrate’): alteration of dialect thirl ‘pierce’.

Pronunciation

thrill

/θrɪl//THril/