Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who tickles.
  • noun The sensation produced by the teasing of slight touches on some sensitive part, or the analogous sensation produced on the mind, the imagination, vanity, or the like by the presentation of something pleasing, gratifying, ludicrous, etc.
  • noun The act of stirring lightly: said humorously of the soil.

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  • verb Present participle of tickle.
  • adjective That tickles
  • adjective gargalesthesia

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  • adjective exciting by touching lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements
  • noun the act of tickling

Etymologies

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Examples

  • While some people suggest that the laughing associated with this tickling is a nervous response, there is also a theory that tickling is an integral part of social relationships.

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  • While some people suggest that the laughing associated with this tickling is a nervous response, there is also a theory that tickling is an integral part of social relationships.

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  • It's been suggested that gargalesis tickling is a way for the touch of the parent to be associated with pleasure, developing a trust-bond "so that parents may touch a child, in an unpleasant way, should circumstances develop such as the need to treat a painful injury or prevent harm from danger."

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  • It's been suggested that gargalesis tickling is a way for the touch of the parent to be associated with pleasure, developing a trust-bond "so that parents may touch a child, in an unpleasant way, should circumstances develop such as the need to treat a painful injury or prevent harm from danger."

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  • My dear Mazdee, I’m always happy to oblige someone, especially as nice as you in tickling your Ja Ja for something someone else has said.

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  • When pain does not lead to muscular activity it therefore frequently leads to crying or to moaning, just as tickling, which is equally an incentive to motor activity, results in laughter if it does not find full expression in action.

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  • The imagination is sometimes said to be tickled by a ludicrous idea; and this so-called tickling of the mind is curiously analogous with that of the body.

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  • He recalled tickling an aide during a birthday party in a townhouse he shared with five of his staff members.

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  • Massa, however, recalled tickling a staffer at a birthday party.

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  • He did, however, recall tickling a staffer at a birthday party.

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