follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

kittle

[kit-l] /ˈkɪt l/
verb (used with object), kittled, kittling.
1.
to tickle with the fingers; agitate or stir, as with a spoon.
2.
to excite or rouse (a person), especially by flattery or strong words.
adjective, kittler, kittlest.
3.
ticklish; fidgety.
4.
requiring skill or caution; precarious.
Origin
late Old English
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier kytylle, ketil (compare Middle English kitellinge (gerund), late Old English kitelung); cognate with Middle High German kützeln; akin to Old Norse kitla, German kitzeln to tickle
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for kittling

kittle

/ˈkɪtəl/
adjective
1.
capricious and unpredictable
verb
2.
to be troublesome or puzzling to (someone)
3.
to tickle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse kitla to tickle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for kittle

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kittling

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for kittling