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  Definition of tease
  1. 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"
  2. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
  3. someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity)
  4. ruffle (one''s hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
  5. 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"
  6. mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
  7. separate the fibers of; "tease wool"
  8. disentangle and raise the fibers of; "tease wool"
  9. raise the nap of (fabrics)
  10. tear into pieces; "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
  11. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  12. 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"
Similar Words: teasing, ribbing, coquette, flirt, vamp, vamper, minx, prickteaser, teaser, annoyer, vexer, fluff, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride, card, tease apart, loosen, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer

 

Hyponyms: jeer, scoff, flout, barrack, gibe, kid, chaff, jolly, josh, banter

 

Entailments: brush, arouse, excite, turn on, wind up, disappoint, let down

 

Derivational Morphology: ridicule, roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib, make fun, poke fun, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer, vamp, chat up, flirt, dally, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash, annoy, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil, comb-out, teasing, taunting, tantalizer, tantaliser, Tantalus, boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, snort, bird, ribbing, teaser, annoyer, vexer, vamper, minx, prickteaser, pest, blighter, cuss, pesterer, gadfly, heckler, badgerer

 

Anagrams: state, taste, seats, tasse, asset, State, testa

 

 
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