1. [syn: delicate, ticklish, touchy]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
2. Standing so as to be liable to totter and fall at the
slightest touch; unfixed; easily affected; unstable.
Can any man with comfort lodge in a condition so
dismally ticklish? --Barrow.
3. Difficult; nice; critical; as, a ticklish business.
Surely princes had need, in tender matters and
ticklish times, to beware what they say. --Bacon.
[1913 Webster] -- Tic"klish*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate
negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be
explicit on so ticklish a matter"; "a touchy subject"
[syn: delicate, ticklish, touchy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
116 Moby Thesaurus words for "ticklish":
Herculean, abstruse, allergic, anaphylactic, arduous, awkward,
brutal, capricious, changeable, complex, critical, dangerous,
delicate, demanding, desultory, difficile, difficult, empathetic,
empathic, exacting, fickle, formidable, fragile, goosy, hairy,
hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, hazardous, high-strung,
hyperesthetic, hyperpathic, hypersensitive, infirm, insecure,
insubstantial, intricate, irritable, itchy, jawbreaking, knotted,
knotty, laborious, mean, mercurial, miffy, nervous, no picnic,
not easy, on slippery ground, on thin ice, operose, overrefined,
oversensible, oversensitive, overtender, passible, perilous,
precarious, prickly, provisional, refined, responsive, rigorous,
risky, rocky, rough, rugged, sensitive, set with thorns, severe,
shaky, shifting, shifty, skittish, slippery, slippy, spiny, steep,
strenuous, supersensitive, sympathetic, tactful, temperamental,
temporary, tender, tentative, tetchy, thin-skinned, thorny,
tickling, tickly, titillative, toilsome, touch-and-go, touchy,
tough, treacherous, tricky, uncertain, undependable, unfaithworthy,
unreliable, unsettled, unsolid, unsound, unstable, unsteadfast,
unsteady, unsubstantial, unsure, untrustworthy, uphill, variable,