- to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for titillated
It was litigation as entertainment—a farcical tangle of events that titillated a ready, willing, and able country.Did Sexpot Schoolteacher Pamela Smart Hire Teens to Kill Her Husband?
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We have already seen how ingeniously he titillated public curiosity in the title of his invective against Aretino.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
And he went off, with Mr. Pottle staring at his shoulder blades which titillated oddly as Mr. Meacham walked.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon
As I titillated the top of my bald head with my forefinger, I plainly perceived that the time had come for me to marry.The Funny Philosophers
My politeness was well repaid, for nothing more delicate in the way of an omelet has ever titillated my palate.Olympian Nights
John Kendrick Bangs
They would face death on the morrow, but for the moment at least they were personal and titillated.The Living Present
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
- to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
- to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillated
1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper