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Meaning of “tickle” in the English Dictionary

"tickle" in British English

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tickleverb

uk   us   /ˈtɪk.l̩/
  • tickle verb (RUB SKIN)

[T] to ​touch someone ​lightly with ​yourfingers, making them ​slightlyuncomfortable and often making them ​laugh: Stop! You're tickling me! I tickled her ​feet and she ​laughed. [I or T] If a ​part of the ​body tickles, or if something tickles it, it ​feelsslightlyuncomfortable and you ​want to ​rub it: My ​nose is tickling, I ​think I'm going to ​sneeze.

ticklenoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈtɪk.l̩/
  • tickle noun [S] (TOUCH)

give sb a tickle to tickle someone
  • tickle noun [S] (COUGH)

an ​unpleasantfeeling in ​yourthroat that makes you ​want to ​cough
(Definition of tickle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tickle" in American English

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tickleverb [T]

 us   /ˈtɪk·əl/
to ​touch someone in a way that ​causes a ​slightlyuncomfortablephysicalfeeling which makes you ​laugh: She tickled his ​feet.

ticklenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɪk·əl/
an ​unpleasantfeeling in ​yourthroat that might make you ​cough
(Definition of tickle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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