- A person who makes fun of or annoys others, as with playful or taunting remarks.
- A flirtatious person.
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.
An example of tease is what a nude dancer does to her customer during a lap dance.
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.
An example of tease is making a bouffant hair style.
Was teased by my classmates for being skinny; teased him about driving such a fast car.
“But you're too young to get married,” he teased.
Teased the cat by dangling a string in its face.
Teased their mother to let them stay up late.
The director teased a good performance out of the actors. The researcher teased out the factors involved in the disease.
I was just teasing.
His tease of his friend's little sister.
It took hours to tease out the meaning of the story.
Other Word Forms
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.