heartthrob

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From heart + throb

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heartthrob (plural heartthrobs)

  1. A heartbeat
  2. The object of one’s desires or infatuation; a sweetheart
  3. A usually handsome celebrity or famous person
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, The Onion AV Club:
      And really, Michael Jackson is a more fitting aspiration for the similarly sexless would-be-former teen heartthrob, who’s compared himself to the late King Of Pop (perhaps a bit prematurely) on several occasions and sings in a Jackson-like croon over a sample of “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” on Believe’s “Die In Your Arms.”

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