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 interrupted.
4. unstable or easily upset, as a boat; unsteady.
[1575-85; TICKLE + -ISH1]

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