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

tickle

1 verb
     
tickā€§le1
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!
4

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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