- The definition of a tickle is a light touching of the skin to cause a tingling sensation of the nerves, or to have an itching or tingling sensation.
- An example of a tickle is the feeling of the bottom of the foot being tickled.
- An example of a tickle is a scratchy throat that causes a cough during a cold.
- Tickle is defined as to please or amuse, or to lightly touch the skin of someone to produce a tingling sensation.
- An example of tickle is to tell a hysterical joke.
- An example of tickle is to lightly rub someone's arm and make him laugh.
A boy tickles his sisters feet.
transitive verbtickled, tickling
- to please, gratify, delight, etc.: often used in the passive voice with slang intensifiers, as , , or
- to stir to amusement or laughter; amuse
- to excite the surface nerves of, as by touching or stroking lightly with the finger, a feather, etc., in a way that causes involuntary twitching, a pleasant tingling, laughter, etc.
Origin of tickleMiddle English tikelen, akin to German dialect, dialectal zickeln, Old English tinclian, to tickle: for Indo-European base see tick
- to have an itching, scratching, or tingling sensation: a throat that tickles
- to cause a tickling sensation: that feather tickles
- to be readily affected by excitation of the surface nerves; be ticklish
- a tickling or being tickled
- a tickling sensation
verbtick·led, tick·ling, tick·les
- To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
- a. To tease or excite pleasurably; titillate: suspense that tickles the reader's curiosity.b. To fill with mirth or pleasure; delight.
- The act of tickling.
- A tickling sensation.
Origin of tickleMiddle English tikelen, perhaps frequentative of ticken, to touch lightly.
- The act of tickling.
- A feeling resembling the result of tickling.
- I have a persistent tickle in my throat.
- (Newfoundland) A narrow strait.
(third-person singular simple present tickles, present participle tickling, simple past and past participle tickled)
- To touch repeatedly or stroke delicately in a manner which causes the recipient to feel a usually pleasant sensation of tingling or titillation.
- He tickled Nancy's tummy, and she started to giggle.
- (intransitive, of a body part) To feel as if the body part in question is being tickled.
- My nose tickles, and I'm going to sneeze!
- To appeal to someone's taste, curiosity etc.
- To cause delight or amusement in.
- He was tickled to receive such a wonderful gift.
- (intransitive) To feel titillation.
Middle English tikelen, related to Old English tinclian (“to tickle"). Cognate with North Frisian "tigele" (Hallig dialect), and "tiikle" (Amrum dialect).