kittle

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
chiefly Scotland : tickle
2
chiefly Scotland : perplex

kittle

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adjective

chiefly Scotland

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English (northern dialect) kytyllen

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kittle was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Kittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kittle. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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