Tease meaning

tēz
One that teases, as:
  • A person who makes fun of or annoys others, as with playful or taunting remarks.
  • A flirtatious person.
noun
4
1
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.

verb
2
1
To urge persistently; importune.
verb
2
1
To raise a nap on (cloth) by brushing with teasels; teasel.
verb
1
0
To annoy or harass by persistent mocking or poking fun, playful fooling, etc.
verb
1
0
Advertisement
To indulge in teasing.
verb
1
0
A teasing or being teased.
noun
1
0
A person who teases.
noun
1
0
To annoy or make fun of someone persistently.

I was just teasing.

verb
0
0
An act of teasing, especially a playfully mocking remark.

His tease of his friend's little sister.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.
verb
0
0
To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
verb
0
0
To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
verb
0
0
verb
0
0
To poke fun at.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To provoke or disturb; to annoy.
verb
0
0
To entice, to tempt.
verb
0
0
One who teases.
noun
0
0
A single act of teasing.
noun
0
0
A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
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.

verb
0
2
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.

noun
0
2
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.

verb
0
2

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