Definition of ticklish in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪklɪʃ


  • 1(Of a person) sensitive to being tickled: I’m ticklish on the feet
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    • If you are ticklish and can't bear people touching your feet, you'd better skip this next bit.
    • My wife is very ticklish, especially around the neck.
    • I'm ticklish too, and I know how annoying it is when people take advantage of it.
  • 1.1(Of a cough) characterized by persistent irritation in the throat.
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    • Take cough medicine to soothe a ticklish dry cough.



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  • The Democrats have handled the economy ticklishly because they don't know where the figures are going to go.


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  • Once Marie has rubbed my feet vigorously in order to battle my chronic ticklishness, she spends an hour painstakingly applying pressure to every minute area with the edge of her thumb.
  • I then realised that my ticklishness could prove to be a problem.
  • Remembering that morning, on the plane, when Cassie began to display her ticklishness, which passed for flirting in Cassie's world, she felt mildly disgusted.

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