Tickle meaning

tĭkəl
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.
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To stir to amusement or laughter; amuse.
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To cause a tickling sensation.

That feather tickles.

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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.

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The act of tickling.
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To please, gratify, delight, etc.
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To be readily affected by excitation of the surface nerves; be ticklish.
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A tickling sensation.
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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.

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(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!

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To appeal to someone's taste, curiosity etc.
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To cause delight or amusement in.

He was tickled to receive such a wonderful gift.

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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.

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To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
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To feel or cause a tingling sensation.
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To have an itching, scratching, or tingling sensation.

A throat that tickles.

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A tickling or being tickled.
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A tickling sensation.
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The act of tickling.
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A feeling resembling the result of tickling.

I have a persistent tickle in my throat.

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(Newfoundland) A narrow strait.
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(intransitive) To feel titillation.
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tickled pink
  • Very pleased; delighted:.
    I was tickled pink by the compliment.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of tickle

  • Middle English tikelen perhaps frequentative of ticken to touch lightly

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tikelen, related to Old English tinclian (“to tickle"). Cognate with North Frisian "tigele" (Hallig dialect), and "tiikle" (Amrum dialect).

    From Wiktionary