Meaning of “tickle” in the English Dictionary

"tickle" in British English

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uk /ˈtɪk.əl/ us /ˈtɪk.əl/

tickle verb (RUB SKIN)

[ T ] to touch someone lightly with your fingers, making them slightly uncomfortable 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 feels slightly uncomfortable and you want to rub it:

My nose is tickling, I think I'm going to sneeze.

ticklenoun [ S ]

uk /ˈtɪk.əl/ us /ˈtɪk.əl/

(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 slightly uncomfortable physical feeling which makes you laugh:

She tickled his feet.


ticklenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɪk·əl/

an unpleasant feeling in your throat that might make you cough

(Definition of “tickle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)