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Definition of "ticklish" []

  • Sensitive to tickling. (adjective)
  • Easily offended or upset; touchy. (adjective)
  • Requiring skillful or tactful handling; delicate: a ticklish matter. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ticklish" in a sentence
  • ""Yes – there!" said Nancy, holding up Ellen's bare feet on one hand, while the fingers of the other secretly applied in ticklish fashion to the soles of them caused Ellen suddenly to start and scream."
  • "If the letters were truly on the knuckles, that would assure the win...but I understand how 'ticklish' that could be."
  • "McNamara explained that the defoliants would be used initially in road clearing because the chemicals presented a "ticklish" problem and road clearance offered the least potential trouble."