When something is titillating, it makes you feel thrilled or excited. For your book report, your English teacher will probably make you read a serious novel rather than a titillating romance.

The adjective titillating implies a certain cheap or fleeting kind of excitement. Titillating things are unimportant and entertaining—maybe even a little bit lewd. The word comes from the Latin word titillationem, "a tickling," and its root titillare, " to tickle," which imitates the sound of giggling.

Definitions of titillating
  1. adjective
    pleasantly and superficially exciting
    creating or arousing excitement
  2. adjective
    giving sexual pleasure; sexually arousing
    synonyms: erotic
    marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
  3. adjective
    exciting by touching lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements
    synonyms: tickling, tingling
    creating or arousing excitement
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