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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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