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tickle

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verb tick·le \ˈti-kəl\

Simple Definition of tickle

  • : to try to make (someone) laugh by lightly touching a very sensitive part of the body with your fingers, a feather, etc.

  • : to have or cause a slightly uncomfortable feeling on a part of your body

  • : to please or amuse (someone or something)

Full Definition of tickle

tick·ledtick·ling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to excite or stir up agreeably :  please <music…does more than tickle our sense of rhythm — Edward Sapir>b :  to provoke to laughter or merriment :  amuse <were tickled by the clown's antics>

  3. 2 :  to touch (as a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

  4. 3 :  to touch or stir gently <a pianist tickling the ivories>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to have a tingling or prickling sensation <my back tickles>

  7. 2 :  to excite the surface nerves to prickle

Examples of tickle

  1. Her little brother screamed with laughter as she tickled him.

  2. The tag on the sweater tickled his neck.

  3. My nose started to tickle.

  4. Don't touch me there; it tickles.

  5. We were tickled by the invitation.

  6. The idea of going to the party tickled her.



Origin of tickle

Middle English tikelen; akin to Old English tinclian to tickle


First Known Use: 14th century


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tickle

noun tick·le

Definition of tickle

  1. 1 :  the act of tickling

  2. 2 :  a tickling sensation

  3. 3 :  something that tickles



1801

First Known Use of tickle

1801



TICKLE Defined for Kids

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tickle

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verb tick·le \ˈti-kəl\

Definition of tickle

tick·ledtick·ling

  1. 1 :  to have a tingling or prickling sensation <My nose tickles.>

  2. 2 :  to touch (a body part) lightly so as to cause laughter or jerky movements <I tickled the baby's feet.>

  3. 3 :  to excite or stir up agreeably <This food tickles my taste buds.>

  4. 4 :  amuse 2 <… Avery was tickled to find himself so wet … — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web.>




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tickle

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noun tick·le

Definition of tickle

  1. :  a tingling or prickling sensation




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