- The definition of a tease is someone who says or does something to raise hope or desire but doesn't intend to give any satisfaction.
An example of tease is a woman who dances very sexy with someone in a bar for hours and then leaves alone at the end of the night.
- Tease is to fluff or separate fibers or hair by brushing with a comb or brush in the wrong direction.
An example of tease is making a bouffant hair style.
- Tease means to poke fun at someone or something.
- An example of tease is making a cat chase something they'll never be able to catch.
- An example of tease is repeatedly saying to a child that they have a crush on someone.
- Tease is defined as to excite hope or desire without intending to give any satisfaction.
An example of tease is what a nude dancer does to her customer during a lap dance.
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- to separate the fibers of; card or comb (flax, wool, etc.)
- to fluff (the hair) by brushing or combing in strokes from the hair ends toward the scalp
- to gently shred or pull apart (tissues, etc.) for microscopic examination, cellular research, etc.
- ☆ to reveal, extract, obtain, etc. by painstaking effort: often with out: it took hours to tease out the meaning of the story
- to raise a nap on (cloth) by brushing with teasels; teasel
- to annoy or harass by persistent mocking or poking fun, playful fooling, etc.
- to urge persistently; importune
- to tantalize
- to excite sexually without intending to satisfy the desire aroused
Origin: Middle English tesen from Old English tæsan, to pull about, pluck, tease, akin to Dutch teezen from Indo-European an unverified form di-s from base an unverified form dā(i)-, to cut apart, divide from source tide
- a teasing or being teased
- a person who teases
- teasingly adverb
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verb teased teased, teas·ing, teas·es verb, transitive
- To annoy or pester; vex.
- To make fun of; mock playfully.
- To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity in without affording satisfaction.
- a. To urge persistently; coax: teasing their mother for more candy.b. To gain by persistent coaxing: “the New York editor who could tease great books from the unpromising woolly jumble of an author's first draft” (Ian Jack).c. To deal with or have an effect on as if by teasing.
- To cut (tissue, for example) into pieces for examination.
- To disentangle and dress the fibers of (wool, for example).
- To raise the nap of (cloth) by dressing, as with a fuller's teasel.
- To ruffle (the hair) by combing from the ends toward the scalp for an airy, full effect.
- a. The act of teasing.b. The state of being teased.
- One that teases, as:a. One given to playful mocking.b. A woman who behaves like a coquette.c. A preliminary remark or act intended to whet the curiosity.
Origin: Middle English tesen, to comb apart, from Old English tǣsan.
- teasˈing·ly adverb
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