ticklish

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adjective tick·lish \ ˈti-k(ə-)lish \

Definition of ticklish

1 :sensitive to tickling
2 :requiring delicate handling
  • a ticklish subject
3 a :touchy, oversensitive
  • ticklish about his baldness
b :easily overturned
  • a canoe is a ticklish craft

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

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First Known Use of ticklish

1581


TICKLISH Defined for English Language Learners

ticklish

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adjective

Definition of ticklish for English Language Learners

  • : sensitive and easily tickled

  • : difficult to deal with : requiring special care


TICKLISH Defined for Kids

ticklish

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adjective tick·lish \ ˈti-klish \

Definition of ticklish for Students

1 :sensitive to tickling
2 :calling for careful handling
  • a ticklish situation


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