|Origin:||Probably from the sound|
throb1 past tense and past participle throbbed, present participle throbbing [intransitive]
if a part of your body throbs, you have a feeling of pain in it that regularly starts and stops:
The back of my neck throbbed painfully.
Her foot was throbbing with pain.
I woke up with a throbbing headache.
if music or a machine throbs, it makes a low sound or vibration with a strong regular beat:
a throbbing bass line
if your heart throbs, it beats faster or more strongly than usual
if a place throbs with life, energy etc, it has a lot of life etc:
The river is throbbing with life.