[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tithonus,
  2. titi,
  3. titian,
  4. titian red,
  5. titicaca,
  6. titillating,
  7. titillation,
  8. titipounamu,
  9. titius-bode law,
  10. titivate

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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/ (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 Formstitillating, adjectivetitillatingly, adverbtitillation, nountitillative, adjective

Word Origin for titillate

C17: from Latin tītillāre

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