American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To tickle: frequently followed by up.
- Ticklish; difficult; nice; not easily managed; trying; vexatious.
- To litter; bring forth kittens.
- n. A dialectal or obsolete form of kettle.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of kiddle.
- To confuse with questions or statements.
- v. intransitive, zoology, Scotland and Northern England To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter.
- v. transitive, Scotland and Northern England To tickle, to touch lightly.
- adj. Scotland and Northern England Ticklish.
- adj. Scotland and Northern England Not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. & Scot. To bring forth young, as a cat; to kitten; to litter.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To tickle.
- adj. Prov. Eng. & Scot. Ticklish; not easily managed; troublesome; difficult; variable.
- From Middle English kitelen, from Old English citelian ("to tickle"), from Proto-Germanic *kitilōnan, frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *kitōnan (“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. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English kitillen, to tickle, probably from Old English *citelian or from Old Norse kitla. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Behind her was a big bundle of extra clothing, and food, and an iron pot -- or, as she called it, a "kittle" -- for cooking their noonday meals.”
“Th 'kittle's biled ef you is ready," she announced.”
“The springs creaked, chirpings arose from various parts of the car as it ran, but he coaxed the engine, performed miracles at bad places in the road, nursed the insufficient radiator surface and kept the "kittle" at a simmer.”
“We are a "kittle" lot, and hard to please for long.”
“kittle's jist a-biling, and the cups and sarsers ready laid,' and that, as it was such a wretched night out o 'doors, she'd made up her mind to have a nice, hot, comfortable cup o' tea -- a determination at which, by the most singular coincidence, the other two ladies had simultaneously arrived.”
“It minds me o' when I tellt t' doctor I was bad wi' my chest and he said it was reflective pain from my left leg. Hearts is kittle cattle at best, and jumpy as a kesh.”
“A viewer who complains to the BBC can be sure that their complaint will be treated seriously. it is clear that the singular subject is in fact being used to mean All viewers and so the inherently plural nature of the their makes a kittle more sense.”
“If ennywun else wud layke a cuppa t, ai has lawtz, an teh kitteh..um…kittle…kettle is awl reddy to go an boyleng haply.”
“They can be 'kittle wark' to read, and most of them are a bit long and soppy.”
“As to a fish – kittle, Mrs. Crupp said, well! would I only come and look at the range?”
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