Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tickled adj.

[tickle v.]

amused, pleased.

[UK]Jonson Case Is Altered I ii: I have such an odd pretty apprehension of his humour, methinks, that I am e’en tickled with the conceit of it.
[UK]L. Barry Ram-Alley II i: I am tickled with conceit of marriage.
[UK]R. Brome Damoiselle III ii: O, I am tickled with it.
[UK]Greene & Lodge Lady Alimony II ii: But note my precious Wagge, how infinitely they seem tickeld with the Accounts, which those Ladies return them of their Court-proceedings.
[Ire]Head Nugae Venales 147: [These] last words so tickled the Picard with laughter, that he could not [...] do him any further mischief.
[UK]Night-Walker of Bloomsbury 2: There was an Apothecary too, whose spleen was extremely tickl’d at the Conceit of their design.
[UK]Congreve Way of the World V ii: To discompose the gravity of the bench, and provoke naughty interrogatories in more naughty law Latin; while the good judge, tickled with the proceedings, simpers under a grey beard.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy II 345: Why, see now what a Country lass can do, / When would they e’er be tickled so by you?
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 381: The company was so tickled with this address [...] that they burst out into a loud fit of laughter.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 324: My father was hugely tickled with the subtleties of these learned discourses.
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker I 95: He looked as tickled all the time as possible.
[US]Somerset Herald 13 July 1/1: At first I was tickled at it, and would set and laugh at her.
[US]Melville Moby Dick (1907) 55: The grinning landlord, as well as the boarders, seemed amazingly tickled at the sudden friendship which had sprung up between me and Queequeg.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 51/1: Some ‘flats’ would get so tickled with the wine and women, that they would order [...] a dozen bottles.
[US]E. Eggleston Hoosier School-Master (1892) 68: Shocky was so tickled that he could hardly keep his seat.
[US]G.W. Peck Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1887) 68: My chum and me laffed, we was so tickled.
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 22 Jan. 3: The recipient himself is usually tickled immensely with the absurdity of the whole proceeding.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 312: I was rather tickled to have a chance to exhibit my hustling abilities.
[UK]Marvel III:55 8: The waiter nearly pitched headlong down the stairs, he was so tickled by the word.
[US]J. Lait ‘One Touch of Art’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 221: Ma’ll be so tickled and s’prised.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 177: The Tough Eggs were tickled by this bit of information.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Brakeman’s Daughter’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 513: I am certainly tickled to find you.
[US]F.H. Hubbard Railroad Avenue 173: I was tickled as a kid with a new toy.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 169: My Oliver is just so tickled with them raw silk lounging pyjamas.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 5: Am I ever tickled to see you.
[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 124: Blanche was especially tickled that it had happened with Sandy.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 285: Guy rubbed his brow, half tickled, half depressed.
[UK]M. Amis Experience 293: He was pleased, impressed, tickled.