What does tickle mean?

Definitions for tickle
ˈtɪk əltick·le

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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"


  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 Emode.com, 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 Tickle.com 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'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tickle

    tik′l, adj. (Spens.) uncertain, insecure: (Shak.) tottering, insecure, easily tickled, ticklish.—n. Tick′ler, something difficult, a puzzle: a banker's memorandum-book: a dram of spirits.—adj. Tick′lish, easily tickled: easily affected: nice: critical.—adv. Tick′lishly.—n. Tick′lishness.—adj. Tick′ly, ticklish.—n. Tickly-bend′er, risky ice that bends under a skater: (pl.) any game, as tag, played on such ice. [M. E. tikel, unstable, tikelen, freq. of tick, to touch lightly.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tickle in a Sentence

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    It is very difficult to tickle a hungry person.

  2. Chamfort:

    Tis a good thing to laugh at any rate, and if a straw can tickle a man, it is an instrument of happiness.

  3. Butler:

    An ass will with his long ears fray The flies that tickle him away; But man delights to have his ears Blown maggots in by flatterers.

  4. Deanna Maher:

    He was trying to feel me up with his right hand, i kept pushing his hand away. Then he put his hand on my neck and started trying to tickle me. We were on I-75, and he was driving erratically. I was saved by the bell because we got pulled over by the police for the way he was driving.

  5. Sharon Lewin:

    This trial clearly demonstrates that disulfiram is not toxic and is safe to use, and could quite possibly be the game changer we need, the dosage of disulfiram we used provided more of a tickle than a kick to the virus, but this could be enough. Even though the drug was only given for three days, we saw a clear increase in (the) virus in (the) plasma, which was very encouraging.

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