[ tik-lish ]
/ ˈtɪk lɪʃ /


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

First recorded in 1575–85; tickle + -ish1

Related forms

tick·lish·ly, adverbtick·lish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ticklish


/ (ˈtɪklɪʃ) /


susceptible and sensitive to being tickled
delicate or difficulta ticklish situation
easily upset or offended

Derived Forms

ticklishly, adverbticklishness, noun
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