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Meaning & Definition of Tease in English

English

Tease

/tiz/

noun

1. Someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)

    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • teaser
  • ,
  • annoyer
  • ,
  • vexer

2. A seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

    synonym:
  • coquette
  • ,
  • flirt
  • ,
  • vamp
  • ,
  • vamper
  • ,
  • minx
  • ,
  • tease
  • ,
  • prickteaser

3. The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule)

  • Provoking someone with persistent annoyances
  • "He ignored their teases"
  • "His ribbing was gentle but persistent"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • teasing
  • ,
  • ribbing
  • ,
  • tantalization

verb

1. Annoy persistently

  • "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • badger
  • ,
  • pester
  • ,
  • bug
  • ,
  • beleaguer

2. Harass with persistent criticism or carping

  • "The children teased the new teacher"
  • "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"
  • "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • razz
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • cod
  • ,
  • tantalize
  • ,
  • tantalise
  • ,
  • bait
  • ,
  • taunt
  • ,
  • twit
  • ,
  • rally
  • ,
  • ride

3. To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them

  • "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"
  • "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
    synonym:
  • tease

4. Tear into pieces

  • "Tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
    synonym:
  • tease

5. Raise the nap of (fabrics)

    synonym:
  • tease

6. Disentangle and raise the fibers of

  • "Tease wool"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • tease apart
  • ,
  • loosen

7. Separate the fibers of

  • "Tease wool"
    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • card

8. Mock or make fun of playfully

  • "The flirting man teased the young woman"
    synonym:
  • tease

9. Ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect

    synonym:
  • tease
  • ,
  • fluff