- arousing or exciting in an agreeable, often sexual way: titillating gossip.
- 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
Related Words for titillatingtickle, amuse, entertain, tease, tantalize, thrill, palpate, hook, grapple, arouse, interest, grab, provoke
Examples from the Web for titillating
Contemporary Examples of titillating
They either have a tendency to hyperbolize and make life much more glamorous and titillating than it is, or the other way.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
Indeed--she has helped educate the world on the titillating culture of kink.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
For the audience it is titillating to hear a man stand on stage saying “those words.”Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
Imagine that, a network television show realizing that gay sex can be hot and titillating, too.How to Get Away With Gayness: Shonda Rhimes Kills TV’s Sex Stereotypes
September 25, 2014
The potential tragic loss of 239 human lives is ultimately overwhelmed by our hunt for titillating clues and explanations.Flight 370 And Our Unsolved Mystery Obsession
March 13, 2014
Historical Examples of titillating
You may curse in five languages: it is music to their titillating ears.Our Southern Highlanders
Hers was actually the titillating wonder of a bird which, captured, closes its wings, that surrender can be so sweet.Americans All
This woman is doubtless miserable, though after all, perhaps, the titillating joys of glory are not unknown to her.Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry
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
- to arouse, tease, interest, or excite pleasurably and often superficially
- to cause a tickling or tingling sensation in, esp by touching
Word Origin for titillate
Word Origin and History for titillating
1610s, back-formation from titillation. Related: Titillated; titillating.