Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tickle v.

1. [late 16C+] to amuse, to make laugh; thus tickle it v., enjoy oneself; tickled adj.

2. [late 19C–1910s] to puzzle, to confuse.

3. [late 19C+] (Aus.) in senses of verbal dexterity, to persuade, to ask someone for a favour, usu. a loan.

4. [1900s-40s] to rob, to steal from; esp. as tickle the peter

In compounds

tickle-faggot (n.) [SE faggot, a woman]

[19C] the penis.

tickle-gizzard (n.) [it tickles the woman’s gizzard n. (1)]

1. [mid-17C–19C] the penis.

2. [mid-19C] a sword.

tickle-pitcher (n.)

1. [late 17C–early 19C] a drunkard.

2. [mid-18C] a promiscuous person of either sex [pitcher n.1 (1)].

3. [mid-18C] a sword.

tickle-text (n.)

[early 18C–1900s] a parson.

tickle-toby (n.) [toby n.1 ]

1. [late 17C–19C] a sword.

2. [late 17C–19C] the penis.

3. [late 17C–19C] the vagina.

4. [late 17C–19C] a promiscuous woman.

5. [mid-19C] a rod or birch.

In phrases

tickle one’s ear (v.)

[1940s] (US teen) to call on the telephone.

tickle one’s innards (v.)

[late 19C+] (US) to take a drink.

tickle one’s pickle (v.)

[1970s+] to masturbate.

tickle someone’s back (v.)

[late 19C] (Aus. Und.) to inflict a judicial lashingl thus n. tickle, a cat o’ nine tails.

tickle someone’s ears (v.)

[1900s–20s] to flatter.

tickle someone’s fancy (v.)

[18C+] to give sexual pleasure.

tickle someone’s hole (v.)

[1920s–50s] to masturbate a woman, usu. performed by someone else.

tickle someone’s liver (v.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) to stab.

tickle someone’s mutton (v.)

[early 19C] to thrash, to beat.

tickle someone’s toby (v.) [toby n.1 ]

[late 17C–19C] to thrash, to beat.

tickle the ivories (v.) (also bang the ivories, tickle the ivory, …keys, tinkle the ivories, whip the ivory) [the ivory keys]

[1920s+] to play the piano.

tickle the minikin (v.) [usu. used with sexual innuendo]

[17C] to play the lute or fiddle.

tickle the peter (v.) [peter n.3 (2)]

[1910s+] (mainly Aus./N.Z.) to rob a safe, till or cashbox.

tickle the shit out of (v.) [shit, the phr. (1)]

[1950s+] (US) to please or amuse someone.