Kilig, adj. and noun

Kilig, adj. and noun

In March, the Oxford Dictionary added the word kilig to its dictionary. This news is somewhat dated, but I wanted to post it so that you’re all aware, because I love this word, and I plan to use it A LOT.

It’s a Filipino term that conveys that inexplicable, exquisite sense of pleasurable thrill, usually (though not always) associated with romantic feelings. It’s like the word squee or feels only more…just more.

Like this:

GIF source: Pretty Little Liars
Source: Unkown

It’s basically the opposite of chill:

Source: Metro


1. Of a person: exhilarated by an exciting or romantic experience; thrilled, elated, gratified.

2. Causing or expressing a rush of excitement or exhilaration; thrilling, enthralling, captivating.


Exhilaration or elation caused by an exciting or romantic experience; an instance of this, a thrill.


kilig to the bones adj. utterly thrilled or thrilling.


kilig factor n. an element which generates exhilaration, excitement, or a romantic thrill.

kilig moment n. a thrillingly romantic moment.

You can read the complete listing in the OED.

Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, podcaster, Twitter tragic, and compulsive reader. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and she was the winner of the 2014 RWA Romance Media Award. She believes in happy endings, and kills fairies with glee.

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