Tease definition

tēz
One that teases, as:
  • A person who makes fun of or annoys others, as with playful or taunting remarks.
  • A flirtatious person.
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To indulge in teasing.
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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.

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A teasing or being teased.
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A person who teases.
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To annoy or harass by persistent mocking or poking fun, playful fooling, etc.
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To raise a nap on (cloth) by brushing with teasels; teasel.
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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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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.

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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.

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To make fun of (someone) playfully or taunt annoyingly.

Was teased by my classmates for being skinny; teased him about driving such a fast car.

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To say in a playful or mocking way.

“But you're too young to get married,” he teased.

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To provoke or irritate, as with physical movements.

Teased the cat by dangling a string in its face.

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To arouse sexual desire in (someone) deliberately with no intention of having sex.
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To urge persistently; coax.

Teased their mother to let them stay up late.

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To disentangle and dress the fibers of (wool, for example).
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To ruffle (the hair) by combing from the ends toward the scalp for an airy, full effect.
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To raise the nap of (cloth) by dressing, as with a fuller's teasel.
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To cut (tissue, for example) into pieces for examination.
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To extract, identify, or cause to come about. Used with out .

The director teased a good performance out of the actors. The researcher teased out the factors involved in the disease.

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To annoy or make fun of someone persistently.

I was just teasing.

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An act of teasing, especially a playfully mocking remark.

His tease of his friend's little sister.

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To urge persistently; importune.
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To separate the fibers of; card or comb (flax, wool, etc.)
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To fluff (the hair) by brushing or combing in strokes from the hair ends toward the scalp.
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To gently shred or pull apart (tissues, etc.) for microscopic examination, cellular research, etc.
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To reveal, extract, obtain, etc. by painstaking effort.

It took hours to tease out the meaning of the story.

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To tantalize.
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To excite sexually without intending to satisfy the desire aroused.
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To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.
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To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
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To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
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To poke fun at.
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To provoke or disturb; to annoy.
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To entice, to tempt.
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One who teases.
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A single act of teasing.
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A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tease
Plural:
teases

Origin of tease

  • Middle English tesen to comb apart from Old English tǣsan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tesen, from Old English tÇ£san (“to tease"), from Proto-Germanic *taisijanÄ… (“to separate, tug, shred"), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to separate, divide"). Cognate with West Frisian tiezje, tiizje (“to baffle, perplex"), Dutch tezen (“to pull, tug, scratch"), German zeisen (“to pluck, pluck apart"), Danish tæse (“to tease"). Related to touse, tose.

    From Wiktionary