Tickled
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tickled — (adj.) pleased, happy, 1580s, pp. adjective from TICKLE (Cf. tickle) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tickled — adj. (colloq.) (esp. AE) happy 1) tickled to + inf. (they would be tickled to come to the party) 2) tickled that + clause (we re tickled that you ll be at our party) 3) (misc.) tickled pink/silly ( very much pleased ) * * * (misc.) tickled… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tickled — tick|led [ tıkld ] adjective INFORMAL 1. ) pleased: tickled pink (=very pleased): She was tickled pink that you called. 2. ) if you are tickled, you think something is funny …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tickled — UK [ˈtɪk(ə)ld] / US adjective informal 1) pleased tickled pink (= very pleased): She was tickled pink that you called. 2) if you are tickled, you think something is funny …   English dictionary

  • tickled — Synonyms and related words: amused, attracted, cathectic, charmed, comfortable, concerned, content, contented, cozy, curious, delighted, diverted, easy, entertained, enthusiastic, eupeptic, euphoric, excited, exhilarated, fascinated, favorably… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tickled — tickles …   Philosophy dictionary

  • tickled — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Eagerly compliant: delighted, glad, happy, pleased. See HAPPY …   English dictionary for students

  • tickled — tick·le || tɪkl n. stimulation, itching sensation caused by a light touch v. create an itching sensation by touching lightly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • TICKLED — …   Useful english dictionary

  • tickled pink — see ↑tickle • • • Main Entry: ↑pink tickled pink informal : very happy or amused I was tickled pink to see her. • • • Main Entry: ↑tickle …   Useful english dictionary

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