tick·​ler ˈti-k(ə-)lər How to pronounce tickler (audio)
: a person or device that tickles
: a device for jogging the memory
specifically : a file that serves as a reminder and is arranged to bring matters to timely attention

Examples of tickler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Temper-tickler? Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2022 Where others might see a crystal ashtray, DIY filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead envision some kind of haunted relic, a portal to another dimension or maybe just the ideal prop on which to base their next screwy sci-fi imagination-tickler. Peter Debruge, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 The rap itself is the next brain tickler, and any lyrical forensic analysis raises more questions than answers. Raven Smith, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2023 Each time, the funny-bone tickler stayed for 15 minutes and acted through a set routine. Patrick Morgan, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2011 The tickler always hid behind their partner, while watching a videoscreen that fed them randomized sequences of body parts to touch. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 6 Oct. 2022 All of our olfactory ticklers stay lit during store hours, giving our customers a unique and nauseating olfactory experience! Lauren Spinabelli, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2019 For the next four years, the Frederick fret-tickler toured the world backing Frankie Valli. John Kelly, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2018 Air blasts, motion platforms, and other sensory ticklers also help add to the trickery. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tickler was in 1680

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“Tickler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tickler. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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