- 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
Related Words for ticklishawkward, touchy, precarious, thorny, volatile, delicate, capricious, chancy, changeable, critical, dangerous, fickle, inconstant, mercurial, nice, risky, rocky, sensitive, temperamental, trying
Examples from the Web for ticklish
Historical Examples of 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