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.’
    • ‘I haven't mentioned it before, but I am very ticklish.’
    • ‘‘I forgot how ticklish you are,’ he laughed devilishly.’
    • ‘The tall woman just squirmed, being very ticklish.’
    • ‘I'm ticklish too, and I know how annoying it is when people take advantage of it.’
    • ‘Jessi and Taylor and Luke are all just as ticklish!’
    • ‘‘You're ticklish,’ he exclaimed, seemingly proud of this discovery.’
    • ‘My wife is very ticklish, especially around the neck.’
    • ‘He knew how ticklish I was and he loved to torment me like that.’
    • ‘He chuckled, unable to disguise the fact that he was ticklish.’
    • ‘If you are ticklish and can't bear people touching your feet, you'd better skip this next bit.’
    • ‘At least he doesn't know where I'm most ticklish.’
    • ‘He was just as ticklish as me so it was easy to get him.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, but you're still as ticklish as you were then,’ I simply stated.’
    • ‘I am ticklish and any contact could make me laugh.’
    • ‘‘Riley's very ticklish,’ Jack told the rest of them.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘‘Ah ok’, he seemed satisfied with the answer, ‘are you ticklish?’’
    • ‘I always give up when someone tickles me because I am so 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’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The second question is more ticklish because it is anchored in politics.’
    • ‘She says that companies like InfoSpace are now in a 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).’
    • ‘Considering that road-widening is forever a ticklish issue in the State, what is the way out?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It does leave race-goers here facing a potentially ticklish problem, however.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In addition, there is the ticklish problem of reparations.’
    • ‘On another level, in my job, some very strange situations arise - including some very ticklish ethical dilemmas.’
    • ‘In the case of the Philippines when you talk about population, it's a ticklish issue, as you know, it's a controversial issue.’
    • ‘That reaction demonstrates the ticklish situation the press finds itself in during wartime, when the interaction between press and government comes into stark relief.’
    • ‘Parental fitness is a ticklish subject in the assisted-fertility community.’
    • ‘Again, kudos o'plenty are definitely in order for your discrete handling of a very ticklish situation.’
    • ‘Dalkin, executive director of the ABC, was a man in command when it came handling the potentially ticklish issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    problematic, tricky, delicate, sensitive, controversial, awkward, prickly, thorny
    difficult, knotty, tough, taxing, trying, troublesome, irksome, vexatious, bothersome, worrying, concerning, upsetting
    complicated, complex, involved, convoluted, intricate, vexed
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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.’