Meaning of tickle

tick•le

Pronunciation: (tik'ul), [key]
— v., n. -led, -ling,
—v.t.
  1. to touch or stroke lightly with the fingers, a feather, etc., so as to excite a tingling or itching sensation in; titillate.
  2. to poke some sensitive part of the body so as to excite spasmodic laughter.
  3. to excite agreeably; gratify: to tickle someone's vanity.
  4. to excite amusement in: The clown's antics really tickled the kids.
  5. to get, move, etc., by or as by tickling: She tickled him into saying yes.
—v.i.
  1. to be affected with a tingling or itching sensation, as from light touches or strokes: I tickle all over.
  2. to produce such a sensation.
  3. greatly pleased: She was tickled pink that someone had remembered her birthday.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of tickling.
  2. a tickling sensation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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