Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle1

adjective

archaic
  • Difficult to deal with; prone to erratic behavior.

    unpredictable, temperamental, emotional, volatile, capricious, changeable, mercurial, unstable, fickle, flighty, inconstant, undependable, unsteady, erratic, fitful, impulsive
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from kittle ‘to tickle’ (now Scots and dialect), probably from Old Norse kitla.

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkɪdl//ˈkidl/

Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle2

verb

[NO OBJECT]Scottish, Northern Irish
  • (of a cat) give birth.

    ‘she has kittled in my chair’
    • ‘They were all young animals, kittled in a wood not far from the lodge.’
    • ‘If your cat and my cat kittled on the same day, that'd be a coincidence.’
    • ‘The cat's just kittled in the little room.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps a back-formation of kitling ‘young animal, cub’.

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkidl//ˈkɪdl/