tickle

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tickle touch or stroke lightly "The grass tickled her calves"
    • v tickle feel sudden intense sensation or emotion "he was thrilled by the speed and the roar of the engine"
    • v tickle touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
    • n tickle the act of tickling
    • n tickle a cutaneous sensation often resulting from light stroking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
    • Tickle Liable to change; uncertain; inconstant. "The world is now full tickle , sikerly.""So tickle is the state of earthy things."
    • Tickle Ticklish; easily tickled.
    • Tickle To excite the sensation of titillation.
    • Tickle To feel titillation. "He with secret joy therefore
      Did tickle inwardly in every vein."
    • Tickle To please; to gratify; to make joyous. "Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.""Such a nature Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
      Which he treads on at noon."
    • Tickle To touch lightly, so as to produce a peculiar thrilling sensation, which commonly causes laughter, and a kind of spasm which become dengerous if too long protracted. "If you tickle us, do we not laugh?"
    • Tickle Wavering, or liable to waver and fall at the slightest touch; unstable; easily overthrown. "Thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it off."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled.
    • n tickle A narrow passage or entrance to a harbor.
    • tickle To tease with repeated light touches in some sensitive part, so as to excite the nerves, thereby producing a peculiar thrilling sensation which commonly results in spasmodic laughter, or, if too long continued, in a convulsion; titillate.
    • tickle To touch, affect, or excite agreeably; gratify; please or amuse by gentle appeals to one's imagination, sense of humor, vanity, or the like.
    • tickle To take, move, or produce by touching lightly.
    • tickle To feel titillation: as, his foot tickled.
    • tickle To tingle pleasantly; thrill with gratification or amusement.
    • tickle To have an impatient or uneasy desire to do or to get something; itch; tingle.
    • tickle To produce the sensation of titillation, or the slight nervous excitement of a light touch on some sensitive part.
    • tickle Easily moved; unsteady; unstable; inconstant.
    • n tickle A light teasing touch in some sensitive part; a gentle tickling act or action.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tickle to touch lightly and cause to laugh: to please by slight gratification
    • adj Tickle tik′l (Spens.) uncertain, insecure:
    • adj Tickle tik′l (Shak.) tottering, insecure, easily tickled, ticklish
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.”
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles%20Lamb
    “A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “Most people have ears, but few have judgment; tickle those ears, and depend upon it, you will catch those judgments, such as they are.”

Idioms

Tickle your fancy - If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
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Tickled pink - If you are very pleased about something, you are tickled pink.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps freq. of tick, to beat; pat; but cf. also AS. citelian, to tickle, D. kittelen, G. kitzlen, OHG. chizzilōn, chuzzilōn, Icel. kitla,. Cf. Kittle (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. tikel, unstable, tikelen, freq. of tick, to touch lightly.

Usage

In literature:

He'll be tickled, I think, and I'll pay my way.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Gibson smacked his lips once and again when the fiery spirit tickled his uvula.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
A faint, delicate aroma tickled the nostrils of all three.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Catching fish by the hand; tickling them.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Say, I'm tickled to death to see your ugly mug again, Don.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Aint tickled to death to find it out, I s'pose?
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
We wasn't very tickled before, thinkin' all our free livin's an' doin's was to be interfered with, but we are now.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Her spurt of defiance tickled him immensely.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
If you tickle the feet, the patient feels it.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
I don't know when I've been more tickled over getting rid of a man.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
When Bevo the Hike got home that night Bimbo the Snip was in bed and all tickled.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
You're tickled to death to be walking alongside of him.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
He got in and I was certainly tickled to see him.
"Shenanigans at Sugar Creek" by Paul Hutchens
We're all tickled to death to know that you're showing in Clintonia this week.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
But I'd like very much indeed to buzz and tickle Mally's nose when she was twying to sew.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
I guess you're not tickled to death to see me.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Nurses sometimes stroke or tickle a child's genitals in order to put an end to a screaming fit.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
At the very places where my characters were intended to tickle the ribs, only curious emotions of sinister amusement resulted.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
He wuz real tickled with 'em all.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Then she changed boxes, and I could feel her making soft dabs at my cheeks, which tickled a little.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
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In poetry:

‘Ow!’ screamed Beverley Nichols
‘Take it away! It tickles!
You know I simply can’t bear
An earwig loose in my hair.’
"Clerihew – Beverley Nichols" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
O, the fun, the fun and frolic
That The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Scatters through a penny-whistle
Tickled with artistic fingers!
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
The earth shook with laughter
as the spades tickled its side
and gleamed so pretty with
so many forgotten flowers
from those final cadillac brides
"On The Day They Birthed My Mother..." by Miguel Pinero
Pretty fly! do not tickle her so;
How delighted to teaze her you seem;
Titillation is dangerous, I know,
And may cause the dear creature to dream.
"To A Fly: On The Bosom of Chloe, While Sleeping" by Thomas Gent
Don't tickle the girl in her sleep,
Don't cause so much beauty to sigh;
If she frown, all the Graces will weep;
If she weep, half the Graces will die.
"To A Fly: On The Bosom of Chloe, While Sleeping" by Thomas Gent
So Good-Luck came, and on my roof did light,
Like noiseless snow, or as the dew of night;
Not all at once, but gently,—as the trees
Are by the sun-beams, tickled by degrees.
"The Coming Of Good Luck" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Paul McCartney, Berry Gordy tickle ivories at museum benefit.
Tickle Me Elmo celebrates a 16th anniversary.
Did you have a " tickle me elmo".
It's the all-new Tickle Me Lee Wray.
TICKLE ME LEE WRAY is now available retailers near you today.
It's hard to believe that Elmo has only been tickling young kids for ten years.
In the new version, Elmo's squeaky laugh and body movements grow more pronounced with three successive tickles .
Elmo's Worth More Than a Tickle .
The latest Tickle Me Elmo doll looks and sounds like the original, but a few of them have a suprise in store for their owners.
Hear what happens when you tickle Elmo.
Squeeze his furry red tummy and the new Tickle Me Elmo doll bursts into a fit of giggles.
Films That Tickle the Mind.
Tickled Pink Through May 20 The Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
This is going to tickle your taste buds.
School program teaches students how to 'tickle the ivories.
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In science:

This value is close to that obtained by Tickle and James .
Large Magnetic-Field-Induced Strains in Ni-Mn-Ga Alloys due to Redistribution of Martensite Variants
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