[ tik-uhl ]
/ ˈtɪk əl /

verb (used with object), tick·led, tick·ling.

verb (used without object), tick·led, tick·ling.

to be affected with a tingling or itching sensation, as from light touches or strokes: I tickle all over.
to produce such a sensation.


an act or instance of tickling.
a tickling sensation.


    tickled pink, Informal. greatly pleased: She was tickled pink that someone had remembered her birthday.

Origin of tickle

1300–50; Middle English tikelen, frequentative of tick1 (in obsolete sense) to touch lightly

Related forms

un·tick·led, adjective
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/ (ˈtɪkəl) /



Derived Forms

tickly, adjective

Word Origin for tickle

C14: related to Old English tinclian, Old High German kizziton, Old Norse kitla, Latin titillāre to titillate
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