from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stimulate by touching lightly; tickle.
  • transitive v. To excite (another) pleasurably, superficially or erotically.
  • intransitive v. To excite another, especially in a superficial, pleasurable manner: "Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate . . . you create a climate of expectation that requires a higher and higher level of intensity” ( Bill Moyers).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stimulate or excite pleasantly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To tickle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tickle; excite a tickling or tingling sensation in; hence, to excite pleasurably; exhilarate; elate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements
  • v. excite pleasurably or erotically


Latin tītillāre, tītillāt-, to tickle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tītillō ("tickle"). (Wiktionary)



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