- 1Lightly touch or prod (a person or a part of the body) in a way that causes mild discomfort or itching and often laughter: I tickled him under the ears
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a part of the body) have a sensation of mild irritation or discomfort: his throat had stopped ticklingMore example sentences
- It feels like a strange prickling sensation, and it tickles around my arms.
- I wanted him to stop, but it tickled so much that I couldn't help but laugh.
- On some days though when you step outside your throat tickles slightly and your eyes water, often so little that you barely realize it.
- 1.2Catch (a trout) by lightly rubbing it so that it moves backwards into the hand: the skill of a poacher tickling a troutMore example sentences
- We arrived in Clapham, a cheerful start, with screeching children playing on the beck banks as a teacher splashed them while pretending to show how to tickle a trout.
- Forget any romantic notions of setting horse hair traps for rabbits in the pale dawn and then settling down to tickle trout from the mossy banks of the stream.
- 2Appeal to (someone’s taste, curiosity, etc.): here are a couple of anecdotes that might tickle your fancyMore example sentences
- It was hard to say why anymore - at first it had been a joke, a game, and then because something about his friend's reserve tickled his curiosity.
- To tickle your taste buds, the food festival offers a wide range of dishes, including pastas, salads, soups, desserts and pizzas.
- These spicy and saucy ribs will tickle your taste buds and keep you coming back for more.
- 2.1Cause (someone) amusement or pleasure: he is tickled by the ideaMore example sentences
- ‘We've found that people are tickled by the idea of seeing such a familiar, everyday product used in a novel way,’ says Miller.
- I was tickled by the idea of making a film for posterity.
- I was always thinking that you were already my brother-in-law, and the idea just tickled me.
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- 1An act of tickling someone: Dad gave my chin a little tickleMore example sentences
- He seemed glad of the company after a long, dark winter and was soon swimming through my legs and even accepting a tickle under the chin.
- She felt his soft kiss and the tickle of his long hair on her cheek.
- He'd make humorous, taunting faces or just out-do her hits with an unserious blow or a tickle.
- 1.1A sensation like that of being lightly touched or prodded: I had a tickle between my shoulder bladesMore example sentences
- The point barely touched her skin; she only felt a small tickle.
- It's a barely noticeable sensation, just a whisper of a tickle.
- I can't remember if Holly tucked both arms under and anyway, what if he wanted to itch a tickle on his nose?
be tickled pink (or to death)
- • informal Be extremely amused or pleased: take her along—she’d be tickled pinkMore example sentences
- I know he would have been tickled pink, a little embarrassed and mightily amused.
- Nurses from the new breast unit at Airedale Hospital were tickled pink by a supermarket's fundraising effort.
- Cheery ladies from Bolton were tickled pink when they learned that laughing can make people slim.
tickle the ivories
- • informal Play the piano: the resident pianist will be tickling the ivoriesMore example sentences
- The winner of the 1992 Preston Guild Piano Competition will be tickling the ivories from 1.05 pm.
- Williams loves to play the piano and has entertained his staff with some wonderful work tickling the ivories, as well as exhibiting a sound understanding of the nuanced area of wine appreciation.
- The month is rounded off in style with the Alexander Brothers, one of Scotland's leading bands tickling the ivories on the 24th of the month.