Definition of thrill noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θrɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θrɪl//
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  1. 1a strong feeling of excitement or pleasure; an experience that gives you this feeling thrill (to do something) It gave me a big thrill to meet my favourite author in person. thrill (of doing something) the thrill of catching a really big fish She gets an obvious thrill out of performing. They were just in search of cheap thrills(= excitement that has no real value). Wordfinderadrenaline, adventure, attempt, challenge, enthusiasm, escapade, excitement, explore, kick, thrill
  2. 2a sudden strong feeling that produces a physical effect A thrill of alarm ran through him.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pierce or penetrate’): alteration of dialect thirl ‘pierce, bore’.Extra examples He used to get cheap thrills out of frightening the girl next door. He used to steal from shops just for the thrill of it. Meeting him was a real thrill for me. She felt a thrill of excitement as the mountains came into view. The movie certainly provides the audience with some visceral thrills. I was aware of a thrill of pride as my daughter stepped up to the stage. She felt a little thrill of excitement. They were just in search of cheap thrills.Idioms
    (the) thrills and spills
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    (informal) the excitement that is involved in dangerous activities, especially sports Experience the thrills and spills of surfing! More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
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