ticklish

  • 1 Ticklish — Tic klish, a. 1. Sensible to slight touches; easily tickled; as, the sole of the foot is very ticklish; the hardened palm of the hand is not ticklish. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Standing so as to be liable to totter and fall at the slightest touch; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ticklish — index insecure, precarious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ticklish — (adj.) easily tickled, 1590s, from TICKLE (Cf. tickle) + ISH (Cf. ish). Literal sense is later than the fig. sense (1580s); an earlier word for this was tickly (1520s). Related: Ticklishly; ticklishness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 ticklish — [adj] difficult, tricky awkward, capricious, chancy, changeable, critical, dangerous, delicate, fickle, inconstant, mercurial, nice, precarious, risky, rocky, sensitive, temperamental, thorny, touchy, trying, uncertain, unstable, unsteady,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 ticklish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sensitive to being tickled. 2) (of a cough) characterized by persistent irritation in the throat. 3) (of a situation or problem) sensitive or difficult to deal with …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 ticklish — [tik′lish, tik′əl ish] adj. 1. sensitive to tickling 2. very sensitive or easily upset; touchy 3. needing careful handling; precarious; delicate ticklishly adv. ticklishness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 ticklish — tick|lish [ˈtıklıʃ] adj 1.) someone who is ticklish laughs a lot when you tickle them 2.) [usually before noun] informal a ticklish situation or problem is difficult and must be dealt with carefully, especially because you may upset people ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 ticklish — [[t]tɪ̱kəlɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A ticklish problem, situation, or task is difficult and needs to be dealt with carefully. Policy makers are considering the ticklish question of the future of the European Community. Syn: delicate 2) ADJ …

    English dictionary

  • 9 ticklish — adjective Date: 1581 1. a. touchy, oversensitive < ticklish about his baldness > b. easily overturned < a canoe is a ticklish craft > 2. requiring delicate handling < a ticklish subject > 3. sensitive to tickling • ticklishly …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 ticklish — adjective 1 someone who is ticklish is sensitive to tickling 2 informal a ticklish situation or problem must be dealt with very carefully, especially because you may offend or upset people: You ll have the ticklish task of explaining to Rita why… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 ticklish — ticklishly, adv. ticklishness, n. /tik lish/, adj. 1. sensitive to tickling. 2. requiring careful or delicate handling or action; difficult or risky; dicey: a ticklish situation. 3. extremely sensitive; touchy: He is ticklish about being… …

    Universalium

  • 12 ticklish — adjective a) Sensitive or susceptible to being tickled. She is ticklish only on her tummy and the bottoms of her feet. b) Touchy, sensitive, or delicate. That is a ticklish problem, so proceed carefully …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 ticklish — tick|lish [ tıklıʃ ] adjective 1. ) someone who is ticklish has a strong reaction when they are tickled 2. ) INFORMAL a ticklish problem or situation is difficult to deal with without upsetting anyone …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 ticklish — UK [ˈtɪk(ə)lɪʃ] / US adjective 1) someone who is ticklish has a strong reaction when they are tickled 2) informal a ticklish problem or situation is difficult to deal with without upsetting anyone …

    English dictionary

  • 15 ticklish — adjective the issue has been made more ticklish since the factors of race and gender have entered the picture Syn: difficult, problematic, tricky, touchy, delicate, sensitive, tender, awkward, prickly, thorny, tough; vexed, sticky …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 ticklish — tick•lish [[t]ˈtɪk lɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) sensitive to tickling 2) requiring delicate or tactful handling: a ticklish situation[/ex] 3) hypersensitive 4) easily upset, as a boat • Etymology: 1575–85 tick′lish•ly, adv. tick′lish•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 ticklish — /ˈtɪklɪʃ / (say tiklish) adjective 1. sensitive to tickling. 2. requiring careful handling or action; risky; difficult: *his failure to ring was an indication of the ticklish situation in which he was involved. –dymphna cusack, 1964. 3. unstable… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 ticklish — Synonyms and related words: Herculean, abstruse, allergic, anaphylactic, arduous, awkward, brutal, capricious, changeable, complex, critical, dangerous, delicate, demanding, desultory, difficile, difficult, empathetic, empathic, exacting, fickle …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 ticklish — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. tickly, excitable, sensitive; unstable, touchy; delicate, critical, risky, dangerous. See sensibility, danger. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Sensitive to tickling] Syn. hypersensitive, tickly,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 ticklish — tick·lish || tɪklɪʃ adj. sensitive to tickling; requiring special care or handling …

    English contemporary dictionary