- sensitive to tickling.
- requiring careful or delicate handling or action; difficult or risky; dicey: a ticklish situation.
- extremely sensitive; touchy: He is ticklish about being interrupted.
- unstable or easily upset, as a boat; unsteady.
Origin of ticklish
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Examples from the Web for ticklish
You left off in the most ticklish place possible, out of spite, I do believe.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
They're so ticklish ever since they got the 'abit, war-time, o' mindin' wot people said.The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)
These are ticklish times; I was anxious to see that this youth's pass was regular.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
"Ticklish job that, on a falling tide," said the mate, coolly.An Outcast of the Islands
To hiss the curate, 'tis a ticklish sort of a job after that.A Bit O' Love (Fourth Series Plays)
- susceptible and sensitive to being tickled
- delicate or difficulta ticklish situation
- easily upset or offended
Word Origin and History for ticklish
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper