Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from tick 'to touch lightly' (16-19 centuries)


1 verb
1 [transitive] to move your fingers gently over someone's body in order to make them laugh:
Stop tickling me!
2 [intransitive and transitive] if something touching your body tickles you, it makes you want to rub your body because it is slightly uncomfortable:
Mommy, this blanket tickles.
Mazie's fur collar was tickling her neck.
3 [transitive] if a situation, remark etc tickles you, it amuses or pleases you
be tickled pink (=be very pleased or amused)
The kids were tickled pink to see you on TV!

tickle somebody's fancy

informal if something tickles your fancy, you want to have it or to try doing it:
If I see something that tickles my fancy, I'm going to buy it.

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