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tick·lish / ˈtik(ə)lish/ • adj. 1. sensitive to being tickled: Lhasa apsos are ticklish on their feet. ∎  (of a cough) characterized by persistent irritation in the throat. 2. (of a situation or problem) difficult to deal with; requiring careful handling: her skill in evading ticklish questions. ∎  (of a person) easily upset. DERIVATIVES: tick·lish·ly adv. tick·lish·ness n.