Definition of tickle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪkl//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1an act of tickling somebody She gave the child a little tickle.
  2. 2a slightly uncomfortable feeling in a part of your body to have a tickle in your throat (= that makes you want to cough)
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘be delighted or thrilled’): perhaps a frequentative of the verb tick, or an alteration of Scots and dialect kittle ‘to tickle’.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English, informal) enthusiastic kissing and cuddling between lovers
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