verb (used with object), tick·led, tick·ling.
verb (used without object), tick·led, tick·ling.
- tickle one's fancy,
- tickle the ivories,
- tickled pink,
Origin of tickle
Examples from the Web for tickled
Somewhere in the Afterlife, Laurence Sterne must have been tickled to see his fiendish book infused with new life.Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps|Lauren Elkin|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The one thing that may have tickled them more was when Mitch McConnell showed up on stage brandishing a rifle.
He was just tickled and amused by the situation, punky and very funny.NCIS’s 11th Anniversary: Michael Weatherly’s Top 10 Moments|Michael Weatherly|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Steel balls caromed around the table as the player massaged, tickled, pressed, and slammed the flipper buttons.Paris Cafes Lose Their Pinball Machines, as Numbers Dwindle|Solène Cressant|July 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This potential use seems to have tickled the imaginations of many, many bitcoin fanciers.
Cigarette laughed saucily and heartily, tickled at the joke.Under Two Flags|Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
He knew Miss Travers intimately; her appreciation of humour was vast, for a woman; he felt sure she would be tickled.A Bride from the Bush|E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
This tickled Mr. Sloppy as an extraordinarily good joke, and he threw back his head and laughed with measureless enjoyment.Ten Girls from Dickens|Kate Dickinson Sweetser
He'll talk to me all friendly like, en Maizie will be tickled at yer size en talk about circuses en sich.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
The woman was, as Prissy had assured Abram, “tickled to pieces.”The Fighting Shepherdess |Caroline Lockhart
Word Origin for tickle
"pleased, happy," 1580s, past participle adjective from tickle (v.).
early 14c. (intransitive) "to be thrilled or tingling," of uncertain origin, possibly a frequentative form of tick (2) in its older sense of "to touch." The Old English form was tinclian. Some suggest a metathesis of kittle (Middle English kytyllen), from Dutch kietelen, from a common North Sea Germanic word for "to tickle" (cf. Old Norse kitla, Old High German kizzilon, German kitzeln).
Meaning "to excite agreeably" (late 14c.) is a translation of Latin titillare. Meaning "to touch lightly so as to cause a peculiar and uneasy sensation" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "to poke or touch so as to excite laughter" is from early 15c.; figurative sense of "to excite, amuse" is attested from 1680s. Related: Tickled; tickling. The noun is recorded from 1801.