Main meanings of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle1

Pronunciation /ˈkɪt(ə)l/

adjective

(also kittle-cattle)
archaic
  • Difficult to deal with; prone to erratic behaviour.

    unpredictable, temperamental, emotional, volatile, capricious, changeable, mercurial, unstable, fickle, flighty, inconstant, undependable, unsteady, erratic, fitful, impulsive

Origin

Mid 16th century from kittle ‘to tickle’ (now Scots and dialect), probably from Old Norse kitla.

Main meanings of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle2

Pronunciation /ˈkɪt(ə)l/

verb

[no object]Scottish, Northern Irish
  • (of a cat) give birth.

    ‘she has kittled in my chair’
    • ‘The cat's just kittled in the little room.’
    • ‘If your cat and my cat kittled on the same day, that'd be a coincidence.’
    • ‘They were all young animals, kittled in a wood not far from the lodge.’

Origin

Mid 16th century perhaps a back-formation of kitling ‘young animal, cub’.