AskDefine | Define tease

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1 someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity) [syn: teaser, annoyer, vexer]
2 a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men [syn: coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, prickteaser]
3 the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances; "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent" [syn: teasing, ribbing]


1 annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" [syn: badger, pester, bug, beleaguer]
2 harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie" [syn: razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride]
3 to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them; "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
4 tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
5 raise the nap of (fabrics)
6 disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: tease apart, loosen]
7 separate the fibers of; "tease wool" [syn: card]
8 mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
9 ruffle (one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect [syn: fluff]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • tēz, /tiːz/, /ti:z/
  • Homophones: teas; tees


Old English tæsan


  1. One who teases.
  2. A single act of teasing.
  3. A cock tease; an exotic dancer; a stripper.


  • Finnish: strippari


  1. To poke fun at.
  2. To provoke or disturb by annoying remarks and other annoyances.
  3. To entice.


to poke fun at
to provoke or disturb
to entice
  • Finnish: viekoitella, houkutella, vietellä
  • Japanese: 誘う

Extensive Definition

Tease may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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