- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)adj. tickly, excitable, sensitive; unstable, touchy; delicate, critical, risky, dangerous. See sensibility, danger.II(Roget's IV) modif.1. [Sensitive to tickling]Syn. hypersensitive, tickly, titillative.2. [Easily upset]Syn. touchy, thin-skinned, prickly; see irritable .3. [Needing careful handling]Syn. precarious, delicate, awkward, intricate.III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.delicate, sensitive, prickly, dicey, touchy, risky, slippery, difficult, thorny, tricky, awkward.ANT.: simple, uncomplicated, straightforwardIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Following no predictable pattern: capricious, changeable, erratic, fantastic, fantastical, fickle, freakish, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile, whimsical. See CHANGE, CONTINUE. 2. Requiring great tact or skill: delicate, sensitive, touch-and-go, touchy, tricky. See EASY.
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Ticklish — Tic klish, a. 1. Sensible to slight touches; easily tickled; as, the sole of the foot is very ticklish; the hardened palm of the hand is not ticklish. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Standing so as to be liable to totter and fall at the slightest touch; … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ticklish — index insecure, precarious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
ticklish — (adj.) easily tickled, 1590s, from TICKLE (Cf. tickle) + ISH (Cf. ish). Literal sense is later than the fig. sense (1580s); an earlier word for this was tickly (1520s). Related: Ticklishly; ticklishness … Etymology dictionary
ticklish — [adj] difficult, tricky awkward, capricious, chancy, changeable, critical, dangerous, delicate, fickle, inconstant, mercurial, nice, precarious, risky, rocky, sensitive, temperamental, thorny, touchy, trying, uncertain, unstable, unsteady,… … New thesaurus
ticklish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sensitive to being tickled. 2) (of a cough) characterized by persistent irritation in the throat. 3) (of a situation or problem) sensitive or difficult to deal with … English terms dictionary
ticklish — [tik′lish, tik′əl ish] adj. 1. sensitive to tickling 2. very sensitive or easily upset; touchy 3. needing careful handling; precarious; delicate ticklishly adv. ticklishness n … English World dictionary
ticklish — tick|lish [ˈtıklıʃ] adj 1.) someone who is ticklish laughs a lot when you tickle them 2.) [usually before noun] informal a ticklish situation or problem is difficult and must be dealt with carefully, especially because you may upset people ▪… … Dictionary of contemporary English
ticklish — [[t]tɪ̱kəlɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A ticklish problem, situation, or task is difficult and needs to be dealt with carefully. Policy makers are considering the ticklish question of the future of the European Community. Syn: delicate 2) ADJ … English dictionary
ticklish — adjective Date: 1581 1. a. touchy, oversensitive < ticklish about his baldness > b. easily overturned < a canoe is a ticklish craft > 2. requiring delicate handling < a ticklish subject > 3. sensitive to tickling • ticklishly … New Collegiate Dictionary
ticklish — adjective 1 someone who is ticklish is sensitive to tickling 2 informal a ticklish situation or problem must be dealt with very carefully, especially because you may offend or upset people: You ll have the ticklish task of explaining to Rita why… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
ticklish — ticklishly, adv. ticklishness, n. /tik lish/, adj. 1. sensitive to tickling. 2. requiring careful or delicate handling or action; difficult or risky; dicey: a ticklish situation. 3. extremely sensitive; touchy: He is ticklish about being… … Universalium