Tease Definition

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To indulge in teasing.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To say in a playful or mocking way.
“But you're too young to get married,” he teased.
American Heritage
To provoke or irritate, as with physical movements.
Teased the cat by dangling a string in its face.
American Heritage
To separate the fibers of; card or comb (flax, wool, etc.)
Webster's New World
A teasing or being teased.
Webster's New World
An act of teasing, especially a playfully mocking remark.
His tease of his friend's little sister.
American Heritage
A person who teases.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Tease

  • 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

  • Middle English tesen to comb apart from Old English tǣsan

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

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