Definition of ticklish in English:



  • 1(of a person) sensitive to being tickled.

    ‘I'm ticklish on the feet’
    • ‘I jumped quite a bit; I don't think he realized how ticklish I am.’
    • ‘‘You're ticklish,’ he exclaimed, seemingly proud of this discovery.’
    • ‘I haven't mentioned it before, but I am very ticklish.’
    • ‘Being ticklish is very annoying, let me tell you.’
    • ‘Smirking, he said, ‘Well, you may know when I'm lying, Alice, but I know that you happen to be amazingly ticklish.’’
    • ‘If you are ticklish and can't bear people touching your feet, you'd better skip this next bit.’
    • ‘I am ticklish and any contact could make me laugh.’
    • ‘My wife is very ticklish, especially around the neck.’
    • ‘I always give up when someone tickles me because I am so ticklish.’
    • ‘‘Ah ok’, he seemed satisfied with the answer, ‘are you ticklish?’’
    • ‘‘Yeah, but you're still as ticklish as you were then,’ I simply stated.’
    • ‘I'm ticklish too, and I know how annoying it is when people take advantage of it.’
    • ‘He was just as ticklish as me so it was easy to get him.’
    • ‘‘I forgot how ticklish you are,’ he laughed devilishly.’
    • ‘Jessi and Taylor and Luke are all just as ticklish!’
    • ‘He knew how ticklish I was and he loved to torment me like that.’
    • ‘At least he doesn't know where I'm most ticklish.’
    • ‘The tall woman just squirmed, being very ticklish.’
    • ‘‘Riley's very ticklish,’ Jack told the rest of them.’
    • ‘He chuckled, unable to disguise the fact that he was ticklish.’
    1. 1.1 (of a cough) characterized by persistent irritation in the throat.
      • ‘Take cough medicine to soothe a ticklish dry cough.’
  • 2(of a situation or problem) difficult or tricky and requiring careful handling.

    ‘her skill in evading ticklish questions’
    • ‘Parental fitness is a ticklish subject in the assisted-fertility community.’
    • ‘She says that companies like InfoSpace are now in a ticklish situation.’
    • ‘On the subject of ID cards: it seems that the majority of people to whom I have spoken on this ticklish subject do not want to be controlled.’
    • ‘However suspiciously we might regard cricket administrators, there is reason enough to believe that this change is a sincere and honest attempt at solving one of the most chronic and ticklish problems the game has faced.’
    • ‘Dalkin, executive director of the ABC, was a man in command when it came handling the potentially ticklish issue.’
    • ‘In the case of the Philippines when you talk about population, it's a ticklish issue, as you know, it's a controversial issue.’
    • ‘It does leave race-goers here facing a potentially ticklish problem, however.’
    • ‘Considering that road-widening is forever a ticklish issue in the State, what is the way out?’
    • ‘Again, kudos o'plenty are definitely in order for your discrete handling of a very ticklish situation.’
    • ‘But that creates the ticklish media management problem of whether to say that the new versions are tougher (because that implies the older ones were soft).’
    • ‘The theatre's always been a bit of a ticklish subject with me.’
    • ‘Normally he wouldn't have hesitated to go to his little brother for help, but this situation was a little ticklish, and he didn't think he could count on Joe not to start laughing.’
    • ‘A ticklish moment was that these residencies were situated close to the President's personal apartments.’
    • ‘But soon during her lecture she had to face a ticklish question posed by the girls.’
    • ‘On another level, in my job, some very strange situations arise - including some very ticklish ethical dilemmas.’
    • ‘That reaction demonstrates the ticklish situation the press finds itself in during wartime, when the interaction between press and government comes into stark relief.’
    • ‘In addition, there is the ticklish problem of reparations.’
    • ‘The second question is more ticklish because it is anchored in politics.’
    • ‘It was also important, he said, that the ticklish issue of who stages the opening ceremony and the final be settled by the end of the year.’
    • ‘‘In terms of the allegations, this is a very ticklish situation, and what we are trying to do is get all the available opinions, including some legal advice,’ he said.’
    problematic, tricky, delicate, sensitive, controversial, awkward, prickly, thorny
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    1. 2.1 (of a person) easily upset.
      ‘they're rather ticklish on the subject’
      • ‘The constant public childish bickering that had been going on between them ever since Matt had grown so irritable and ticklish some months ago could not have gone unnoticed.’