Tickle
Tickle Tic"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tickled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tickling}.] [Perhaps freq. of tick to beat; pat; but cf. also AS. citelian to tickle, D. kittelen, G. kitzlen, OHG. chizzil[=o]n, chuzzil[=o]n, Icel. kitla. Cf. {Kittle}, v. t.] 1. To touch lightly, so as to produce a peculiar thrilling sensation, which commonly causes laughter, and a kind of spasm which become dengerous if too long protracted. [1913 Webster]

If you tickle us, do we not laugh? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To please; to gratify; to make joyous. [1913 Webster]

Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Such a nature Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow Which he treads on at noon. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tickle — Tic kle, a. 1. Ticklish; easily tickled. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Liable to change; uncertain; inconstant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The world is now full tickle, sikerly. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] So tickle is the state of earthy things. Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tickle — ► VERB 1) lightly touch in a way that causes itching or twitching and often laughter. 2) be appealing or amusing to. 3) catch (a trout) by lightly rubbing it so that it moves backwards into the hand. ► NOUN ▪ an act of tickling or sensation of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tickle — Tic kle, v. i. 1. To feel titillation. [1913 Webster] He with secret joy therefore Did tickle inwardly in every vein. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To excite the sensation of titillation. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tickle — (v.) early 14c. (intrans.) to be thrilled or tingling, of uncertain origin, possibly a frequentative form of TICK (Cf. tick) (2) in its older sense of to touch. The Old English form was tinclian. Some suggest a metathesis of kittle (M.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tickle — [tik′əl] vt. tickled, tickling [ME tikelen, akin to Ger dial. zickeln, OE tinclian, to tickle: for IE base see TICK2] 1. to please, gratify, delight, etc.: often used in the passive voice with slang intensifiers, as tickled pink, tickled silly,… …   English World dictionary

  • tickle — *please, regale, gratify, delight, rejoice, gladden Analogous words: divert, *amuse, entertain: *thrill, electrify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tickle — [v] make laugh amuse, brush, caress, convulse, delight, divert, enchant, entertain, excite, gratify, itch, pat, pet, please, stimulate, stroke, thrill, tingle, titillate, touch, vellicate; concepts 7,22,612 …   New thesaurus

  • tickle — I UK [ˈtɪk(ə)l] / US verb Word forms tickle : present tense I/you/we/they tickle he/she/it tickles present participle tickling past tense tickled past participle tickled 1) a) [transitive] to move your fingers gently on someone s skin in order to …   English dictionary

  • tickle — tick|le1 [ tıkl ] verb 1. ) transitive to move your fingers gently on someone s skin in order to give them a pleasant feeling or to make them laugh: The dog rolled over, waiting for his tummy to be tickled. a ) intransitive or transitive if… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tickle — tick|le1 [ˈtıkəl] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from tick to touch lightly (16 19 centuries)] 1.) [T] to move your fingers gently over someone s body in order to make them laugh ▪ Stop tickling me! 2.) [I and T] if something touching your… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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