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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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This idea tickled Jo's fancy and put her in good spirits, but Meg didn't brighten, for her burden, consisting of four spoiled children, seemed heavier than ever.
The landlord chuckled again with his lean chuckle, and seemed to be mightily tickled at something beyond my comprehension.
I will bet something now, said Stubb, that somewhere hereabouts are some of those drugged whales we tickled the other day.
Remember how tickled he used to be, cause she would keep a fallin' over, when she sot out to walk.
This tickled the audience and a score of voices shouted, "Go it, Green-patch
And he said of course him and William would take the girls home with them; and that pleased every- body too, because then the girls would be well fixed and amongst their own relations; and it pleased the girls, too -- tickled them so they clean forgot they ever had a trouble in the world; and told him to sell out as quick as he wanted to, they would be ready.
At every fresh question that was put to him, this nephew burst into a fresh roar of laughter; and was so inexpressibly tickled, that he was obliged to get up off the sofa and stamp.
I was obliged to get her to repeat it, for she spoke it the first time quite down my throat, in consequence of my having forgotten to take my mouth away from the keyhole and put my ear there; and though her words tickled me a good deal, I didn't hear them.
Tickler was a wax-ended piece of cane, worn smooth by collision with my tickled frame.
Athelstane, it is true, was vain enough, and loved to have his ears tickled with tales of his high descent, and of his right by inheritance to homage and sovereignty.
About four hours after we began our journey, I awaked by a very ridiculous accident; for the carriage being stopped a while, to adjust something that was out of order, two or three of the young natives had the curiosity to see how I looked when I was asleep; they climbed up into the engine, and advancing very softly to my face, one of them, an officer in the guards, put the sharp end of his half-pike a good way up into my left nostril, which tickled my nose like a straw, and made me sneeze violently; whereupon they stole off unperceived, and it was three weeks before I knew the cause of my waking so suddenly.
Why, marry," replied Robin, "this fellow would not let me pass the footbridge, and when I tickled him in the ribs, he must needs answer by a pat on the head which landed me overboard.