To tickle; arouse.
To puzzle; perplex.
(scot.) Hard to deal with; ticklish; skittish.
Origin of kittle
- From Middle English kitillen to tickle probably from Old English citelian or from Old Norse kitla
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English kitelen, from Old English citelian (“to tickle”), from Proto-Germanic *kitilōną, frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *kitōną (“to tickle”), from Proto-Indo-European *geid- (“to stick, jab, tickle”). Cognate with Dutch kittelen, kietelen (“to tickle”), Low German kettelen, ketelen (“to tickle”), German kitzeln (“to tickle”), Icelandic kitla (“to tickle”), Swedish kittla, kittsla, Danish kildre and perhaps Old Armenian կիծ- (kic-, “to sting, bite”). Compare tickle.