- to tickle with the fingers; agitate or stir, as with a spoon.
- to excite or rouse (a person), especially by flattery or strong words.
- ticklish; fidgety.
- requiring skill or caution; precarious.
Origin of kittle
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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for kittle
He's green when you put him in the kittle, and when you take him out, he's red.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
I always said his honour would get into trouble with a kittle girl like that.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
And says he, 'This beats the Kittle Creek babtizin' all to pieces.'Aunt Jane of Kentucky
Eliza Calvert Hall
Kittle, in the phrase "kittle cattle," is identical with tickle; cf. Ger.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
"Eh, but women are kittle cattle to drive," said poor Dick ruefully.A Simpleton
- capricious and unpredictable
- to be troublesome or puzzling to (someone)
- to tickle
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