from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
- transitive v. To tease or excite pleasurably; titillate: suspense that tickles the reader's curiosity.
- transitive v. To fill with mirth or pleasure; delight. See Synonyms at please.
- intransitive v. To feel or cause a tingling sensation.
- n. The act of tickling.
- n. A tickling sensation.
- idiom tickled pink Informal Very pleased; delighted: I was tickled pink by the compliment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of tickling.
- n. A feeling resembling the result of tickling.
- n. A narrow strait.
- v. To touch repeatedly or stroke delicately in a manner which causes the recipient to feel a usually pleasant sensation of tingling or titillation.
- v. To feel as if the body part in question is being tickled.
- v. To appeal to someone's taste, curiosity etc.
- v. To cause delight or amusement.
- adj. Changeable, capricious; insecure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To please; to gratify; to make joyous.
- intransitive v. To feel titillation.
- intransitive v. To excite the sensation of titillation.
- adj. Ticklish; easily tickled.
- adj. Liable to change; uncertain; inconstant.
- adj. Wavering, or liable to waver and fall at the slightest touch; unstable; easily overthrown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A narrow passage or entrance to a harbor.
- To tease with repeated light touches in some sensitive part, so as to excite the nerves, thereby producing a peculiar thrilling sensation which commonly results in spasmodic laughter, or, if too long continued, in a convulsion; titillate.
- To touch, affect, or excite agreeably; gratify; please or amuse by gentle appeals to one's imagination, sense of humor, vanity, or the like.
- To take, move, or produce by touching lightly.
- To feel titillation: as, his foot tickled.
- To tingle pleasantly; thrill with gratification or amusement.
- To have an impatient or uneasy desire to do or to get something; itch; tingle.
- To produce the sensation of titillation, or the slight nervous excitement of a light touch on some sensitive part.
- Easily moved; unsteady; unstable; inconstant.
- n. A light teasing touch in some sensitive part; a gentle tickling act or action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
- n. the act of tickling
- v. touch or stroke lightly
- n. a cutaneous sensation often resulting from light stroking
- v. feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
Middle English tikelen, perhaps frequentative of ticken, to touch lightly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English tikelen, related to Old English tinclian ("to tickle"). Cognate with North Frisian "tigele" (Hallig dialect), and "tiikle" (Amrum dialect). (Wiktionary)