Tickled

tickle

[tik-uhl]
verb (used with object), tickled, tickling.
1.
to touch or stroke lightly with the fingers, a feather, etc., so as to excite a tingling or itching sensation in; titillate.
2.
to poke some sensitive part of the body so as to excite spasmodic laughter.
3.
to excite agreeably; gratify: to tickle someone's vanity.
4.
to excite amusement in: The clown's antics really tickled the kids.
5.
to get, move, etc., by or as by tickling: She tickled him into saying yes.
verb (used without object), tickled, tickling.
6.
to be affected with a tingling or itching sensation, as from light touches or strokes: I tickle all over.
7.
to produce such a sensation.
noun
8.
an act or instance of tickling.
9.
a tickling sensation.
Idioms
10.
tickled pink, Informal. greatly pleased: She was tickled pink that someone had remembered her birthday.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English tikelen, frequentative of tick1 (in obsolete sense) to touch lightly

untickled, adjective


4. amuse, please, delight, enchant.
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tickle (ˈtɪkəl)
 
vb
1.  to touch, stroke, or poke (a person, part of the body, etc) so as to produce pleasure, laughter, or a twitching sensation
2.  (tr) to excite pleasurably; gratify
3.  (tr) to delight or entertain (often in the phrase tickle one's fancy)
4.  (intr) to itch or tingle
5.  (tr) to catch (a fish, esp a trout) by grasping it with the hands and gently moving the fingers into its gills
6.  informal tickle pink, tickle to death to please greatly: he was tickled pink to be elected president
 
n
7.  a sensation of light stroking or itching
8.  the act of tickling
9.  (Canadian) (in the Atlantic Provinces) a narrow strait
 
[C14: related to Old English tinclian, Old High German kizziton, Old Norse kitla, Latin titillāre to titillate]
 
'tickly
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

tickle
early 14c. (intrans.) "to be thrilled or tingling," of uncertain origin, possibly a frequentative form of tick (2) in its older sense of "to touch." The OE form was tinclian. Some suggest a metathesis of kittle (M.E. kytyllen), from Du. kietelen, from a common North Sea Gmc.
word for "to tickle" (cf. O.N. kitla, O.H.G. kizzilon, Ger. kitzeln). Meaning "to excite agreeably" (late 14c.) is a translation of L. titillare. Meaning "to touch lightly so as to cause a peculiar and uneasy sensation" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "to poke or touch so as to excite laughter" is from early 15c.; figurative sense of "to excite, amuse" is attested from 1680s. The noun is recorded from 1801. Ticklish in the lit. sense of "easily tickled" is recorded from 1598, later than the fig. sense (1580s); an earlier word for this was tickly (1520s). Tickled "pleased, happy" is from 1580s.
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tickled (pink) definition


  1. mod.
    amused; utterly delighted; pleased. : I am tickled pink you could come this evening.
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