I. verb (tickled; tickling) Etymology: Middle English tikelen; akin to Old English tinclian to tickle Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to excite or stir up agreeably ; please <
music…does more than tickle our sense of rhythm — Edward Sapir
b. to provoke to laughter or merriment ; amuse <
were tickled by the clown's antics
2. to touch (as a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements 3. to touch or stir gently <
a pianist tickling the ivories
intransitive verb 1. to have a tingling or prickling sensation <
my back tickles
2. to excite the surface nerves to prickle II. noun Date: 1801 1. the act of tickling 2. a tickling sensation 3. something that tickles

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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