From Middle English throbben; possibly of imitative origin.
throb (third-person singular simple present throbs, present participle throbbing, simple past and past participle throbbed)
- (intransitive) To pound or beat rapidly or violently
- (intransitive) To vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm
- (intransitive, of a body part) To pulse (often painfully) in time with the circulation of blood.
to pound or beat rapidly or violently
to vibrate or pulsate with a steady rhythm
throb (plural throbs)
- A beating, vibration or palpitation
- 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
- My bosom was now bare, and rising in the warmest throbs, presented to his sight and feeling the firm hard swell of a pair of young breasts, such as may be imagin'd of a girl not sixteen, fresh out of the country
beating, vibration or palpitation