- to excite or arouse agreeably: to titillate the fancy.
- to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly.
Origin of titillate
1610–20; < Latin tītillātus, past participle of tītillāre to tickle; see -ate1
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Examples from the Web for titillate
Isolated lesbians learned that there were other women like them via books whose covers aimed to titillate heterosexual men.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
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It must be more strongly spiced to titillate a jaded palate.Expositions of Holy Scripture
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
Whether or no the involutions of the "Golden Bowl" will titillate his arcane sensibilities.Instigations
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
- to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
- to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
C17: from Latin tītillāre
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Word Origin and History for titillate
1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper