Tickle \Tic"kle\, a.
1. Ticklish; easily tickled. [Obs.]
2. Liable to change; uncertain; inconstant. [Obs.]
The world is now full tickle, sikerly. --Chaucer.
So tickle is the state of earthy things. --Spenser.
3. Wavering, or liable to waver and fall at the slightest
touch; unstable; easily overthrown. [Obs.]
Thy head stands so tickle on thy shoulders, that a
milkmaid, if she be in love, may sigh it off.
Tickle \Tic"kle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tickled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tickling.] [Perhaps freq. of tick to beat; pat; but cf.
also AS. citelian to tickle, D. kittelen, G. kitzlen, OHG.
chizzil[=o]n, chuzzil[=o]n, Icel. kitla. Cf. Kittle, v. t.]
1. To touch lightly, so as to produce a peculiar thrilling
sensation, which commonly causes laughter, and a kind of
spasm which become dangerous if too long protracted.
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? --Shak.
2. To please; to gratify; to make joyous.
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. --Pope.
Such a nature
Tickled with good success, disdains the shadow
Which he treads on at noon. --Shak.
Tickle \Tic"kle\, v. i.
1. To feel titillation.
He with secret joy therefore
Did tickle inwardly in every vein. --Spenser.
2. To excite the sensation of titillation. --Shak.
n 1: a cutaneous sensation often resulting from light stroking
2: the act of tickling [syn: tickle, tickling,
v 1: touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface
nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic
movements [syn: tickle, titillate, vellicate]
2: feel sudden intense sensation or emotion; "he was thrilled by
the speed and the roar of the engine" [syn: thrill,
3: touch or stroke lightly; "The grass tickled her calves"