Definition of thrill in English:

thrill

noun

  • 1A sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure.

    ‘the thrill of jumping out of an airplane’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 thought sent a delightful thrill through her, making her loins tingle with an anticipation of shared pleasure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 felt a thrill of excitement as I floated weightless, suspended over the void.’
    • ‘I can honestly say that I felt a little thrill of excitement.’
    • ‘Listening to good English can provide a real thrill of pleasure.’
    • ‘The sheer thrill and enjoyment they took from the game is something that will live with me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘She was quite prepared to look to the defendant for excitement and sexual thrills,’ said Judge Stokes.’
    • ‘They were delighted someone they knew had won the award, and no doubt their excitement gave Rhonda a thrill too.’
    • ‘He felt the thrill and excitement tingle up his back and he gave a small shiver, stepping closer to her.’
    • ‘But what of the thrills and heart-pounding excitement that were so much a part of her days in the player's game?’
    • ‘Three enterprising Killorglin students were treated to the thrill of a lifetime last Wednesday thanks to generous business tycoon Bill Cullen.’
    • ‘I still recall with delight the thrill of watching him learn to scoot around on the floor.’
    • ‘The school team served up some excellent displays of football and provided their supporters with lots of thrills and excitement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An experience that produces a feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      • ‘As an author, it was a thrill to create emotion in an audience.’
      • ‘It was kind of a thrill to ride the wave of negativity that 800 people can generate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So it was a thrill to hear from Jed, who'd come across my name on the Web and wanted to get in touch.’
      • ‘It would also be a thrill to hear that squall of feedback at every public occasion where a national anthem is required.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘TWO days of sporting thrills will kick off in Bolton tomorrow morning with the start of the Greater Manchester Youth Games.’
      • ‘The fight hadn't solved any problems, but its continued existence, a familiar sensation from my former life, was a thrill.’
      • ‘The thrill and sheer experience of Rome is very distinctive and unique.’
      • ‘I mean, it's usually a thrill to hear what readers think, and to see that I've made some connection across the ether.’
      • ‘Tell us, do you seek the thrill rides at the amusement park or is the carousel more your speed?’
      • ‘But again, the biggest thrill of my day is surfing great waves in Baja in places that I've helped save.’
      • ‘Listening to Scott's deep pride and simple joy as she described her Olympic experience was a thrill.’
    2. 1.2 A wave or nervous tremor of emotion or sensation.
      ‘a thrill of excitement ran through her’
      • ‘His lips moved up her neck in a light fashion and gave her an uncomfortable thrill such that she shuddered.’
      • ‘Many people practice this type of exhibitionism to get a thrill or a rush from it.’
      • ‘Risk is not a necessary requirement for sensation-seeking, although it does intensify the thrill for a high sensation-seeker.’
      • ‘I felt an immense thrill rush, hoping he had finally taken a good look at my captor's feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This detected the sensation of thrill through real-time sampling and analysis of physiological reactions.’
      • ‘The thought of seeing him again causes a little thrill of nervousness.’
      • ‘When he gently squeezed her left arm, the electric thrill surged through her again, just as strongly as before.’
      • ‘The game delivers an exhilarating thrill ride down huge wave faces and into barreling tubes, allowing gamers to pull off unbelievable moves.’
      • ‘The emphasis of her words doesn't escape Jem, and he suddenly feels a thrill of nervousness.’
      • ‘He grins as his body trembles with the thrill of true fear, the first he's felt since he faced the Masks.’
      • ‘Without knowing it, he touched his cheek where her lips had been only moments before and felt a thrill rush through him.’
      • ‘Hikari knew the striking thrill of emotion before she could even think about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At points it hugs the very edge of the rim, giving me a nervous thrill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A familiar thrill rushed through me as I took everything in.’
      • ‘‘He is just the right height for me,’ she thought, feeling a thrill of happiness surging through her.’
    3. 1.3archaic A throb or pulsation.
    4. 1.4Medicine A vibratory movement or resonance heard through a stethoscope.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This systolic thrill is associated with an ejection type murmur heard best over the pulmonary area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An arteriovenous fistula of the left arm had a palpable thrill.’

verb

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

    ‘his kiss thrilled and excited her’
    ‘I'm thrilled to death’
    ‘they were thrilled to pieces’
    ‘a thrilling adventure’
    • ‘Overall, I'm not thrilled with any of the choices for 2008, but then I rarely am.’
    • ‘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'm genuinely thrilled by our prospects.’
    • ‘They thrilled Canadian fans by winning the World Series in 1992 and 1993.’
    • ‘On Sunday The Thrills will be thrilling their fans with a spectacular live show.’
    • ‘Personally, I think our male audience is thrilled to see women who love video games.’
    • ‘But you know, we're just thrilled with the success that the show has had.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can tell you that I am thrilled to death, no pun intended.’
    • ‘She said: ‘This is the first time I've owned my own place and I'm thrilled to bits.’’
    • ‘Our baby is due the first week of March, and we are thrilled beyond belief.’
    • ‘We could hear her crying, she was so thrilled to hear his voice.’
    • ‘Dylan didn't exactly look thrilled at the thought of being back in Michigan.’
    • ‘For their part, the people were thrilled with their new Queen.’
    • ‘His parents were thrilled to have Irene and Audrey for dinner.’
    • ‘I picked up a catnip toy for Digger (there's a certain kind he really likes), and he was very thrilled with it.’
    • ‘I was thrilled to learn that I was going down to Brownsville, Texas.’
    • ‘I answer all me fan mail personally and I believe in that, because I'm thrilled to bits.’
    • ‘The couple are thrilled with their latest addition and so is their four-year-old son, Taylor, who has a companion to play with.’
    1. 1.1no object Experience a feeling of excitement and pleasure.
      ‘thrill to the magic of the world 's greatest guitarist’
      • ‘They'll still thrill to the action scenes and laugh at the jokes.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather, we thrill to the juxtaposition of four amazing actors trading turns as the literary lovers in their prime and autumnal years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm afraid I began to thrill to the prospect of her casting.’
      • ‘After all, everybody loves the bangs and it's a cold heart that won't thrill to their kaleidoscopic display.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gearheads will thrill to see racecars up close; lots of other activities are planned.’
      • ‘I thrill to the notion that someone is doing something More Important Than Weblogging.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We thrill to their victories, commit their most heroic moments to memory, defend our favourite players with almost theological passion.’
      • ‘The bagpipes are warpipes and those who thrill to them today are the inheritors of a warrior tradition.’
      • ‘At a retail price of $32.99, the diehard Disney fanatic in your life will thrill to have this gem added their collection.’
      • ‘We thrill to see athletic skill - abilities that most of us possess to a degree - raised to the utmost level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moviegoers can thrill to a spinning top exploding in mid-air!’
      • ‘Blood Money, however, has some of his best work - aficionados will thrill to a couple of tracks in particular.’
  • 2no object (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.’
    • ‘As she watched his back disappear, an emotion thrilled up into her chest.’
    • ‘He thrust the sheets back into the portfolio, and a strange feeling of pain thrilled through him.’
    1. 2.1literary Quiver or throb.

Phrases

  • thrills and chills

    • The excitement of dangerous sports or entertainments, as experienced by spectators.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

thrill

/θrɪl//THril/