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[tit-l-ey--ting] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪ tɪŋ/
arousing or exciting in an agreeable, often sexual way:
titillating gossip.
Related forms
titillatingly, adverb
untitillating, adjective


[tit-l-eyt] /ˈtɪt lˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), titillated, titillating.
to excite or arouse agreeably:
to titillate the fancy.
Synonyms: rouse, tempt, tease.
to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
1610-20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
Related forms
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
untitillated, adjective
untitillating, adjective
Can be confused
tantalizing, titillating.
titillate, titivate. Unabridged
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  • This woman is doubtless miserable, though after all, perhaps, the titillating joys of glory are not unknown to her.

  • Hers was actually the titillating wonder of a bird which, captured, closes its wings, that surrender can be so sweet.

    Americans All Various
  • Knows he that never took a pinch, Nosey, the pleasure thence which flows, Knows he the titillating joysWhich my nose knows?

  • The titillating odour of this concoction came now, on the breeze, to the nostrils of Tansey, awakening in him hunger for it.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • These were "bloods," tremendous swells, grown men with a titillating flavour of the world about their distinguished persons.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for titillating


verb (transitive)
to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Derived Forms
titillating, adjective
titillatingly, adverb
titillation, noun
titillative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillating



1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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