American English

Definition of tickle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tickle
    he / she / it tickles
    past simple tickled
    -ing form tickling
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] tickle (somebody/something) to move your fingers on a sensitive part of someone's body in a way that makes them laugh The bigger girls used to chase me and tickle me. I tickled his feet with a feather. Stop tickling!
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] tickle (something) to produce a slightly uncomfortable feeling in a sensitive part of the body; to have a feeling like this His beard was tickling her cheek. My throat tickles. a tickling cough
  3. 3[transitive] to amuse and interest someone tickle somebody/something to tickle someone's imagination tickle somebody to do something I was tickled to discover that we'd both done the same thing.
  4. Idioms
    be tickled pink (informal)
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    to be very pleased or amused She was tickled pink to be given flowers.
    tickle somebody's fancy (informal)
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    to please or amuse someone See if any of these tickle your fancy. If you see something that tickles your fancy, I'll buy it for you.
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