ASL University ►

American Sign Language: "tickle"

In a message dated 10/3/2005 12:37:58 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, a mother writes:

I found your website and have been using it as a reference to teach my infant daughter sign language. So far it's been a success! However, I cannot find a reference on how to sign the word "tickle". I have not been
able to find it on your site or on other internet sites. Can you please help? My daughter loves to be tickled and I want to show her how to ask me to tickle her. She only knows to sign "more" after I already tickle her.
Thank you so much for your time! Any help or suggestion would be much


There is no widely established sign for "tickle."  You will see a few "made up" signs in various baby sign "dictionaries."
Two signs I'd be willing to support are:
1. Holding both hands out in front of you and wiggling your curved fingers as if tickling someone's ribs while smiling mischievously.
2. Bending and unbending an index finger near the armpit.
Dr. Bill


You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars

Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy DONATE (Thanks!)
(You don't need a PayPal account. Just look for the credit card logos and click continue.)

Another way to help is to buy something from the ASLU "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)   CHECK IT OUT >

Bandwidth slow?  Check out "" (a free mirror of less traffic, fast access)   VISIT >


back.gif (1674 bytes)American Sign Language University ASL resources by Dr. William Vicars