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v. tick·led, tick·ling, tick·les
1. To touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements.
a. To tease or excite pleasurably; titillate: suspense that tickles the reader's curiosity.
b. To fill with mirth or pleasure; delight.
To feel or cause a tingling sensation.
1. The act of tickling.
2. A tickling sensation.
tickled pink Informal
Very pleased; delighted: I was tickled pink by the compliment.

[Middle English tikelen, perhaps frequentative of ticken, to touch lightly.]
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Their psychology is bovine, their outlook crude and rare; They abandon vital matters to be tickled with a straw; But the straw that they were tickled with--the chaff that they were fed with-- They convert into a weaver's beam to break their foeman's head with.
Mademoiselle Nioche is welcome to be tickled by my curiosity, and to know that I am tickled that she is tickled.
Then the wicked sprite laughed till he almost choked, for all this tickled his fancy.
He seemed tickled with him as an elderly fellow about town might be tickled by a pleasant and witty lad; he indicated that he was no precision, but in his wildest times had never been such a blade as he thought Dick.
You tickled us pink until we cried Tears for over two million records sold Spreading happiness world wide.
Now Liz Sharp, of Netherton, adds another facet: "I understand that being tickled by a stranger does not create a response.
In a recent experiment in Berlin, Germany, rats sought out researchers' hands to get tickled and even emitted ultrasonic squeals of laughter while being tickled.
The film is named TICKLED and has appeared at several film festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Sundance Film Festival last January.
ISLAMABAD -- Whether it's under the arms, a grab at your knee or your sides, everyone is susceptible to being tickled.
After they tickled a whisker, they gave the mouse a "reward," a bit of water from the spout.
STAFF at the Asda store in Tonypandy have been tickled pink for charity.
In the meantime, some studies have shown that people laugh more when they are blindfolded where or when they will be tickled.