Adjective "Tickling" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Lightly touch or prod (a person or a part of the body) in a way that causes mild discomfort or itching and often laughter.
  1. 'She squealed with laughter as I started tickling her.'
  2. 'I smiled as we kissed, her touch tickling me slightly.'
  3. 'I opened my mouth to tell him not to tickle me, but couldn't because I was soon doubled over with laughter as he tickled me.'
  4. 'The corn that grows from the ground reached over his small body, the leaves tickled his shirtless body as he passed through the towering rows.'
  5. 'He gently nuzzled his head into my neck, tickling me.'
  6. 'I collapsed in laughter and began tickling him in earnest.'
  7. 'I pulled her flat against me and flipped over so I was on top and lightly tickled her.'
  8. 'He grinned and continued tickling her until she fell off the couch in laughter.'
  9. 'Texas burst into laughter, and fell over, Jude relentlessly tickling her.'
  10. 'He wrapped it around his body, the soft velvet tickling his naked body.'
  11. 'his throat had stopped tickling'
  12. 'It feels like a strange prickling sensation, and it tickles around my arms.'
  13. 'On some days though when you step outside your throat tickles slightly and your eyes water, often so little that you barely realize it.'
  14. 'But it wasn't that annoying tingle that tickles so much it hurts feeling, it was a nice feeling, a pleasant feeling, that made me warm inside, it made me want to smile, and never stop.'
  15. 'I'd have a rabbit if they didn't make my nose tickle and my eyes itch.'
  16. 'When we kiss it tickles now, but that doesn't stop that spark that's been there.'
  17. with object and complement 'tickling the safe open took nearly ninety minutes'
  18. 'Vicki released a slow and deep breath, her fingers absently tickling the corners of her Bible.'
  19. 'Forget any romantic notions of setting horse hair traps for rabbits in the pale dawn and then settling down to tickle trout from the mossy banks of the stream.'
Appeal to (someone's taste, curiosity, etc.)
  1. 'If you love the taste of passion fruit, this pink liqueur will certainly tickle your tastebuds.'
  2. 'They wander through an ancient forest and encounter creatures that tickle the curiosity of the child.'
  3. 'The site is great to read, but I've edited and written lots of stuff I thought was worthy that didn't tickle his fancy.'
  4. 'Germany's bangers have lost their ability to tickle taste buds, according to the former head of the nation's biggest sausage-maker.'
  5. 'Robert carried a mysterious brown box in his arms, which tickled Tracy's cat-like curiosity.'
  6. 'Hang on, I'll keep this post open and add updates when I come across anything that'll tickle your fancy.'
  7. 'Why not tickle their impulses and your bottom line by carrying and displaying unique giftware and stationery items?'
  8. 'I may not know much, but I do happen to know of some interesting projects that will tickle your tailfeather.'
  9. 'To tickle your taste buds, the food festival offers a wide range of dishes, including pastas, salads, soups, desserts and pizzas.'
  10. 'In that case, this film might not tickle your fancy, as it would probably just remind you of a boring day at the office.'
  11. 'he is tickled by the idea'
  12. 'I was tickled by the idea of making a film for posterity.'
  13. 'I was tickled and amused by the presentation of my waffle, but it was soggy, flaccid and certainly not as much fun to eat as it was to look at.'
  14. 'I was always thinking that you were already my brother-in-law, and the idea just tickled me.'
  15. 'Many of them were tickled at the idea of playing host to a man who might one day prominently play a role in a revolutionary Marxist movement such a long way away from their homes in Mayfair and Morningside.'
  16. 'And I just am really tickled and pleased that we have people like our current secretary of defense and our current secretary of state.'
  17. 'The idea of him putting on that suit tickles me.'


An act of tickling someone.
  1. 'He wouldn't settle for any nap, and any time he looked close to being sleepy Akra Jr managed to scupper it with an inappropriate tickle, loud shout or noisy toy.'
  2. 'It nuzzled against Aben's cheek and was rewarded with a tickle and tender words.'
  3. 'He'd make humorous, taunting faces or just out-do her hits with an unserious blow or a tickle.'
  4. 'When I got up, she came out from under the settee to say hello and have a tickle.'
  5. 'Normally the tickler is someone who desires to express intimacy, emotion, and affection through their tickling - in other words the tickle is intended as a friendly gesture.'
  6. 'I hopped into the backseat of my auntie Joanne's car, next to Carla, who sat in the middle of Crystal and I, and gave her a quick tickle.'
  7. 'She felt his soft kiss and the tickle of his long hair on her cheek.'
  8. 'I used to be able to touch her and hug her without feeling that familiar tickle up my spine, but now I couldn't.'
  9. 'A slight movement - a tickle really - on his left shin caught his attention.'
  10. 'I wake in a darkening room with a tickle in my arm.'
  11. 'I can't remember if Holly tucked both arms under and anyway, what if he wanted to itch a tickle on his nose?'
  12. 'There was blood flowing onto my leg, I could feel the tickle of the little droplets sliding.'
  13. 'It wasn't a tickle or a scratch, and it didn't sting or irritate.'
  14. 'However, the pain was little more than a tickle compared to his wing being cut off but it hurt none the less.'
  15. 'Adam was the inspiration for the first of the Mr Men books when he asked his father what a tickle looked like.'
  16. 'The pain was nothing more than a tickle as he floated along the black stream.'
  17. 'And then his lips brushed lightly against her forehead, eliciting a tickle that she instinctively squirmed against.'

More definitions

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)

More examples(as adjective)

"sticks can be tickling."

"coughs can be tickling."

"whiskers can be tickling."

"trouts can be tickling."

"sensations can be tickling."

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(tickle)Middle English (in the sense ‘be delighted or thrilled’): perhaps a frequentative of tick, or an alteration of Scots and dialect kittle ‘to tickle’ (compare with kittle).


be tickled pink (or to death)
tickle the ivories