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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