Definition of


  1. (noun, act) something that causes you to experience a sudden intense feeling or sensation
  2. (noun, feeling) an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
  3. (noun, feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force
    what a boot!
    he got a quick rush from injecting heroin
    he does it for kicks
  4. (verb, emotion) feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
  5. (verb, emotion) fill with sublime emotion
    He was inebriated by his phenomenal success
  6. (verb, motion) tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
  7. (verb, perception) cause to be thrilled by some perceptual input

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Thrill

  1. c.1300, "to pierce, penetrate," metathesis of O.E. ?yrlian, from ?yrel "hole" (in M.E., also "nostril"), from ?urh "through" (cf. M.H.G. d?rchel "pierced, perforated") + -el. Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1592, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." The noun in this sense is from 1680; meaning "a thril… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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