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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TICKLE

At night he would rub his unshaven cheek on Sue's small cheek and tickle her.

There is nothing I am fonder of—— Sometimes I tickle the soles of my feet with it.

Sometimes she'd sit down to tickle her neck with her hind-feet.

A “tickle” is a narrow passage of water between two islands.

Jimmie had brought her through the tickle without knowing it.

But for me and this set of Bell, Mr. Tickle would seem to have sunk into obscurity.

This seems to tickle Betty so much that she has to lean over and chuckle on my shoulder.

You may tickle me with that straw a good long while before I shall laugh, I can tell you.

What did he say that for but to tickle the palates of the white people?

Your grandmother's snake-cane wouldn't more than tickle him.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c. (intransitive) "to be thrilled or tingling," of uncertain origin, possibly a frequentative form of tick (2) in its older sense of "to touch." The Old English form was tinclian. Some suggest a metathesis of kittle (Middle English kytyllen), from Dutch kietelen, from a common North Sea Germanic word for "to tickle" (cf. Old Norse kitla, Old High German kizzilon, German kitzeln).

Meaning "to excite agreeably" (late 14c.) is a translation of Latin titillare. Meaning "to touch lightly so as to cause a peculiar and uneasy sensation" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "to poke or touch so as to excite laughter" is from early 15c.; figurative sense of "to excite, amuse" is attested from 1680s. Related: Tickled; tickling. The noun is recorded from 1801.

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