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verb (used with object), tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing.
  1. to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy.
  2. to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
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Origin of titillate

1610–20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
Related formstit·il·la·tion, nountit·il·la·tive, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ed, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedtantalizing titillatingtitillate titivate
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  • It must be more strongly spiced to titillate a jaded palate.

  • I don't care for books that only titillate one's imagination.

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • She has spent hours in the hot kitchen trying to concoct some dainty that may titillate that sickly palate.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • Whether or no the involutions of the "Golden Bowl" will titillate his arcane sensibilities.


    Ezra Pound

  • Out of the dense formations of endless fast food chains, Simon's novelties were to titillate the jaded restaurant goer.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

British Dictionary definitions for titillate


verb (tr)
  1. to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
  2. to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
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Derived Formstitillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillate


1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.

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