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ticklish

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adjective tick·lish \ˈti-k(ə-)lish\

Simple Definition of ticklish

  • : sensitive and easily tickled

  • : difficult to deal with : requiring special care

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ticklish

  1. 1a :  touchy, oversensitive <ticklish about his baldness>b :  easily overturned <a canoe is a ticklish craft>

  2. 2 :  requiring delicate handling <a ticklish subject>

  3. 3 :  sensitive to tickling

ticklishly adverb
ticklishness noun

Examples of ticklish in a sentence

  1. My feet are very ticklish.

  2. <he's ticklish about his looks, so it's wisest to avoid the subject altogether>



1581

First Known Use of ticklish

1581


TICKLISH Defined for Kids

ticklish

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adjective tick·lish \ˈti-klish\

Definition of ticklish for Students

  1. 1 :  sensitive to tickling

  2. 2 :  calling for careful handling <a ticklish situation>





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