transitive verb teased, teasing
- 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
ME tesen < OE tæsan, to pull about, pluck, tease, akin to Du teezen < IE *di-s < base *dā(i)-, to cut apart, divide > tide