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titillating

[tit-l-ey-ting]
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adjective
  1. arousing or exciting in an agreeable, often sexual way: titillating gossip.
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Related formstit·il·lat·ing·ly, adverbun·tit·il·lat·ing, adjective

titillate

[tit-l-eyt]
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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  • You may curse in five languages: it is music to their titillating ears.

  • Hers was actually the titillating wonder of a bird which, captured, closes its wings, that surrender can be so sweet.

  • This woman is doubtless miserable, though after all, perhaps, the titillating joys of glory are not unknown to her.

  • These ancient snuff-boxes furnish proof of the love of our ancestors for the titillating powder.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things

    Edmund Fillingham King

  • These were "bloods," tremendous swells, grown men with a titillating flavour of the world about their distinguished persons.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell


British Dictionary definitions for titillating

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 titillating

titillate

v.

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

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