kittle
I. transitive verb (kittled; kittling) Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) kytyllen Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly Scottish tickle 2. chiefly Scottish perplex II. adjective Date: 1568 chiefly Scottish ticklish 2, touchy

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  • Kittle — may refer to: * Kittle, an area of Pennard, Swansea, Wales * A kettle drum used in the music of GuyanaKittle is the surname of: * Ron Kittle (born 1958), American baseball player * Katrina Kittle, American novelistee also* Kittel (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Kittle — Kit tle (k[i^]t t l), v. i. [Cf. {Kit} a kitten.] (Zo[ o]l.) To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kittle — Kit tle, v. t. [Cf. AS. citelian; akin to D. kittelen, G. kitzeln, Icel. kitla, Sw. kittla, kittsla, Dan. kildre. Cf. {Tickle}.] To tickle. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also {kittel}.] Halliwell. Jamieson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kittle — Kit tle, a. Ticklish; not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kittle — [kit′ l] vt. kittled, kittling [LME < kytylle < ON kitla, akin to Ger kitzeln, prob. echoic in orig.] Scot. 1. to tickle 2. to puzzle adj. Scot. hard to deal with; ticklish; skittish …   English World dictionary

  • kittle — I Mawdesley Glossary 1.nervous people, undecided people. :;: 2.a cat giving birth to kittens. II Cleveland Dialect List ticklish, excitable; requiring delicate or judicious handling or management; uncertain, difficult III Cleveland Dialect List… …   English dialects glossary

  • kittle — [ kɪt(ə)l] (also kittle cattle) adjective archaic difficult to deal with. Origin C16: from kittle to tickle (now Scots and dialect), prob. from ON kitla …   English new terms dictionary

  • kittle — adj. (also kittle cattle) 1 (of a person) capricious, rash, or erratic in behaviour. 2 difficult to deal with. Etymology: ME (now Sc. & dial.) kittle tickle, prob. f. ON kitla …   Useful english dictionary

  • kittle — Kiddle Kid dle, n. [Cf. LL. kidellus, Armor. ki[=a]el] A kind of basketwork weir in a river, for catching fish. [Improperly spelled {kittle}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kittle — This interesting surname is of Old Norse origin, and derives from the Scandinavian (male) personal name Ketill , often used as a short form of various Old Norse compound names such as Asketill and Arnkell. These names were composed of apparently… …   Surnames reference

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