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[kit-l] /ˈkɪt l/ British Dialect
verb (used with object), kittled, kittling.
to tickle with the fingers; agitate or stir, as with a spoon.
to excite or rouse (a person), especially by flattery or strong words.
adjective, kittler, kittlest.
ticklish; fidgety.
requiring skill or caution; precarious.
Origin of kittle
late Old English
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hydrochloric acid, vitriol and nitre-glycerine are kittle things to meddle with, and the place was religiously avoided.

  • And says he, 'This beats the kittle Creek babtizin' all to pieces.'

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • You can walk along the stone fence and pick the high ones and we'll fill the kittle in no time.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • "Eh, but women are kittle cattle to drive," said poor Dick ruefully.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • I always said his honour would get into trouble with a kittle girl like that.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • But it's a kittle thing to decide what folk'll bear, and what they will not.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But nobody amongst these brave English cooks can kittle up his Majesty's most sacred palate with our own gusty Scottish dishes.

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
  • Married couples, when they quarrel, are kittle cattle to shoe behind.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Prince-Bishops were kittle cattle, an amorphous kind of creature.

  • She has trusted us: but Martha—Well, women are kittle cattle.

    Dorothy at Skyrie Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for kittle


capricious and unpredictable
to be troublesome or puzzling to (someone)
to tickle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse kitla to tickle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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