Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle1

adjective

archaic
  • Difficult to deal with; prone to erratic behavior.

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

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/

Origin

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

Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle2

intransitive verb

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

    • ‘she has kittled in my chair’

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/

Origin

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