Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle1

Pronunciation /ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/

Main definitions of kittle in English

: kittle1kittle2

kittle2

Pronunciation /ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/

intransitive verb

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

    ‘she has kittled in my chair’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

kittle

/ˈkidl/ /ˈkɪdl/