Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being ticklish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ticklish character or quality.
  • n. Unsteady, unstable, or insecure state or character: as, the ticklishness of a seat or of a boat.
  • n. Difficulty; difficult, perplexing, or critical character or state: as, the ticklishness of some undertaking.

Etymologies

From ticklish +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ticklishness is a response to being touched in a certain way by another person.

    The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

  • I followed, almost unaware of the ticklishness of the exploit to a tyro, so buoyed up was I by her example and by my scorn of the weaklings for'ard.

    CHAPTER XXXIV

  • Ben eased his body against hers, patiently working past her ticklishness.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • She had heard somewhere that ticklishness made girls more appealing.

    Labor Policy

  • "In cases such as yours," they began, "let's speak frankly, in cases of ... amputation, it is not uncommon to encounter the selfsame itches, burns, ticklishness shooting as before from the direction of the ... amputee."

    Bradley Burston: A Place at the Passover Table - for Pharoah

  • She shivered beneath his touch, a reflex he almost mistook for ticklishness until she grasped his hand and pressed it beneath the lapel of her uniform, wanting him to repeat the caress.

    Heaven Lake

  • Rosenberg continued to stand, muscles taut to reduce ticklishness.

    Hamlet II: Ophelia’s Revenge

  • Aethelnor was poking in the indicated pocket and giggled when the human responded with feigned ticklishness.

    Pawns and Symbols

  • He goes on from that point to explain the ticklishness of this very freedom.

    Freedom But

  • That is why Al rode oblivious to his surroundings, meditating no doubt upon the best means of preserving the "integrity" of the Sawtooth and at the same time soothing effectively the ticklishness of the situation of which he had complained.

    The Quirt

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