[ tit-l-ey-ting ]
/ ˈtɪt lˌeɪ tɪŋ /


arousing or exciting in an agreeable, often sexual way: titillating gossip.

Related forms

tit·il·lat·ing·ly, adverbun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective

Definition for titillating (2 of 2)


[ tit-l-eyt ]
/ ˈtɪt lˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), tit·il·lat·ed, tit·il·lat·ing.

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

Related forms

tit·il·la·tion, nountit·il·la·tive, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ed, adjectiveun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective

Can be confused

tantalizing titillatingtitillate titivate
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British Dictionary definitions for titillating


/ (ˈtɪtɪˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching

Derived Forms

titillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, adjective

Word Origin for titillate

C17: from Latin tītillāre
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