Definitions for tickleˈtɪk əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tick•leˈtɪk əl(v.; n.)-led, -ling

  1. (v.t.)to touch or stroke lightly with the fingers, a feather, etc., so as to excite a tingling or itching sensation in; titillate.

  2. to poke some sensitive part of the body so as to excite spasmodic laughter.

  3. to excite agreeably; gratify:

    to tickle someone's vanity.

  4. to amuse or delight:

    The clown's antics tickled the kids.

  5. (v.i.)to be affected with a tingling or itching sensation.

  6. to produce such a sensation.

  7. (n.)an act or instance of tickling.

  8. a tickling sensation.

Idioms for tickle:

  1. tickled pink,greatly pleased.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tickle:

1300–50; ME tikelen, freq. of tick1 (in obs. sense) to touch lightly

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tickle(noun)

    a cutaneous sensation often resulting from light stroking

  2. tickle, tickling, titillation(verb)

    the act of tickling

  3. tickle, titillate, vellicate(verb)

    touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

  4. thrill, tickle, vibrate(verb)

    feel sudden intense sensation or emotion

    "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"

  5. tickle(verb)

    touch or stroke lightly

    "The grass tickled her calves"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tickle(verb)ˈtɪk əl

    to lightly scratch your fingers on sb to make them laugh

    His mom tickled his belly.


  1. tickle(Noun)

    The act of tickling.

  2. tickle(Noun)

    A feeling resembling the result of tickling.

    I have a persistent tickle in my throat.

  3. tickle(Noun)

    A narrow strait.

  4. tickle(Verb)

    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.

  5. tickle(Verb)

    To feel as if the body part in question is being tickled.

    My nose tickles, and I'm going to sneeze!

  6. tickle(Verb)

    To appeal to someone's taste, curiosity etc.

  7. tickle(Verb)

    To cause delight or amusement.

    He was tickled to receive such a wonderful gift.

  8. tickle(Adjective)

    Changeable, capricious; insecure.

  9. Origin: tikelen, related to tinclian. Cognate with North Frisian "tigele" (Hallig dialect), and "tiikle" (Amrum dialect).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tickle(verb)

    to touch lightly, so as to produce a peculiar thrilling sensation, which commonly causes laughter, and a kind of spasm which become dengerous if too long protracted

  2. Tickle(verb)

    to please; to gratify; to make joyous

  3. Tickle(verb)

    to feel titillation

  4. Tickle(verb)

    to excite the sensation of titillation

  5. Tickle(adj)

    ticklish; easily tickled

  6. Tickle(adj)

    liable to change; uncertain; inconstant

  7. Tickle(adj)

    wavering, or liable to waver and fall at the slightest touch; unstable; easily overthrown


  1. Tickle

    Tickle Inc. was a media company providing self-discovery and social networking services. Formerly known as, Tickle was founded on the idea that personal insight and connections to others can be scientific, fun and profitable. The site also allowed users to create their own test, which were available for other users to take. Tickle survived the dot-com bubble burst of 2000, became profitable in early 2002, was acquired by Monster Worldwide in May 2004 and became part of the overall Monster network. In April 2008, it was announced that would be shut down at the end of June 2008, The site was permanently shut down on December 31, 2008. In January 2009, Monster launched a new quiz website entitled TestQ, which focuses on career-related content and 'PhD quizzes'.

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an act or feeling of tickling.

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