kittle

verb
kit·​tle | \ ˈki-tᵊl How to pronounce kittle (audio) \
kittled; kittling\ ˈkit-​liŋ How to pronounce kittling (audio) , ˈki-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of kittle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly Scotland : tickle
2 chiefly Scotland : perplex

kittle

adjective

Definition of kittle (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

First Known Use of kittle

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kittle

Verb

Middle English (northern dialect) kytyllen

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“Kittle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kittle. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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