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ticklish

[tik-lish] /ˈtɪk lɪʃ/
adjective
1.
sensitive to tickling.
2.
requiring careful or delicate handling or action; difficult or risky; dicey:
a ticklish situation.
3.
extremely sensitive; touchy:
He is ticklish about being interrupted.
4.
unstable or easily upset, as a boat; unsteady.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; tickle + -ish1
Related forms
ticklishly, adverb
ticklishness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ticklish

ticklish

/ˈtɪklɪʃ/
adjective
1.
susceptible and sensitive to being tickled
2.
delicate or difficult: a ticklish situation
3.
easily upset or offended
Derived Forms
ticklishly, adverb
ticklishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ticklish
adj.

"easily tickled," 1590s, from tickle + -ish. Literal sense is attested later than the figurative sense (1580s); an earlier word for this was tickly (1520s). Related: Ticklishly; ticklishness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ticklish

ticklish

adjective

Difficult because it requires sensitive handling: ticklish question (1591+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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