Tickle Definition

tĭkəl
tickled, tickles, tickling
verb
tickled, tickles, tickling
To please, gratify, delight, etc.
Webster's New World
To cause a tickling sensation.
That feather tickles.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
To tease or excite pleasurably; titillate.
Suspense that tickles the reader's curiosity.
American Heritage
To stir to amusement or laughter; amuse.
Webster's New World
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noun
tickles
A tickling or being tickled.
Webster's New World
A tickling sensation.
Webster's New World

(Newfoundland) A narrow strait.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
adjective
idiom
tickled pink
  • Very pleased; delighted:

    I was tickled pink by the compliment.

American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Tickle

Noun

Singular:
tickle
Plural:
tickles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tickle

Origin of Tickle

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English tikelen perhaps frequentative of ticken to touch lightly

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

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