titillate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v titillate excite pleasurably or erotically "A titillating story appeared in the usually conservative magazine"
    • v titillate touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Titillate To tickle; as, to titillate the nose with a feather. "The pungent grains of titillating dust."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • titillate To tickle; excite a tickling or tingling sensation in; hence, to excite pleasurably; exhilarate; elate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Titillate tit′il-lāt to tickle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. titillatus, p. p. of titillare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. titillāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

It is a spur that titillates the absorbent surfaces and helps to keep them in action.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December, 1885" by Various
My politeness was well repaid, for nothing more delicate in the way of an omelet has ever titillated my palate.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
Thoreau's half-truths titillate and amuse the mind.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The other snored measuredly for a while, but the titillation startled him at length, and he beat the air in his slumber.
"Bohemian Days" by Geo. Alfred Townsend
This gave me a good opportunity to titillate both sides of his neck, and he sprang round again.
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn
Titillator: a small process just below the penis in some Orthoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
These were "bloods," tremendous swells, grown men with a titillating flavour of the world about their distinguished persons.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Sliding down banisters, for instance, produces a titillation.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
It must be more strongly spiced to titillate a jaded palate.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The millions which the present Emperor has spent on Cherbourg afford a mere titillation to his ambitious spirit.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
She had taken to singing in church with an impassioned ardor which startled, even while it titillated, the ear of the congregation.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
It seemed to me to promise a titillating treat.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
If gentlemen love the pleasant titillation of the gout, it is all one to the Town Pump.
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin
Every one has heard of tickling trout: the tench is almost equally amenable to titillation.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
Such frequent titillation of delicate nervous mechanisms plays sad havoc with general nervous control.
"Religion And Health" by James J. Walsh
When that palled, this came to titillate the jaded desires with a new form of gratification.
"The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon" by Alexander Maclaren
An iterrogatif is with tway titils: the vppir rysyng this wyse?
"Schools, School-Books and Schoolmasters" by W. Carew Hazlitt
He is for ever titillating his mind with some new thing.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
His deliberate choice, and persistent retention of agonizing titillating perches, shows a depth of "strategy" unequalled in one so young.
"Caper-Sauce" by Fanny Fern
It was appointed that this titill suld be renuncit.
"The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)" by John Knox
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In poetry:

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

In news:

The Dr Demento of classical music, Jim Svejda titillates and provokes listeners, making KUSC a national treasure.
H2O Sushi offers titillating surprises.
Titillation of Petraeus affair comes at a high cost for America.
The Heiress is a Bore, but Hensley is Monstrously Titillating in The Whale.
A treasure trove of trailers that titillate.
Ann Rule book gives titillating tidbits.
Facts twisted to titillate , rather than inform.
Bolaris' fiancee sends titillating tweets.
Affair at the Jupiter Hotel titillates but misses the big O.
The scandal, while titillating, shouldn’t have a long-term affect on military discipline, SC military leaders and experts say.
The financial media in its quest for eyeballs favors titillation over analysis.
Fans of Nude Nite will enjoy these titillating works on wood by Lucy Fur and Morgan Wilson.
Titillated by our feature Mad Men in Midtown.
) of titillation and deserved moral outrage.
We Americans are easily titillated by the suggestion of sexual scandal, so it's no surprise that the news media have been obsessed with the escapades of David Petraeus and those in his inner circle.
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In science:

As it stands, the most titillating question of neutrino physics no longer is if these elusive particles have masses at all, but rather if a fourth, hitherto unsuspected and otherwise noninteracting degree of freedom exists to reconcile all current indications for neutrino oscillations.
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads
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