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kittle

[kit-l] /ˈkɪt l/ British Dialect
verb (used with object), kittled, kittling.
1.
to tickle with the fingers; agitate or stir, as with a spoon.
2.
to excite or rouse (a person), especially by flattery or strong words.
adjective, kittler, kittlest.
3.
ticklish; fidgety.
4.
requiring skill or caution; precarious.
Origin of kittle
late Old English
1475-1485
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
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Examples from the Web for kittle
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  • 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.

  • "Eh, but women are kittle cattle to drive," said poor Dick ruefully.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • But that kittle, as you call it, 'll sure bu'st its cinches with we-all ridin' it.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • But it's a kittle thing to decide what folk'll bear, and what they will not.

    Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But theres no telling about girls; kittle cattle, you know, eh?

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • Prince-Bishops were kittle cattle, an amorphous kind of creature.

  • Married couples, when they quarrel, are kittle cattle to shoe behind.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for kittle

kittle

/ˈkɪtəl/
adjective
1.
capricious and unpredictable
verb
2.
to be troublesome or puzzling to (someone)
3.
to tickle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse kitla to tickle
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