Pronunciation Verb

tease (teases, present participle teasing; past and past participle teased)

  1. To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
  2. To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
  3. To back-comb.
  4. (transitive) To poke fun at.
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  5. (transitive) To provoke or disturb; to annoy.
    • 1684, Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras
      Not by the force of carnal reason, / But indefatigable teasing.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; […]."
  6. (transitive) To manipulate or influence the behavior of, especially by repeated acts of irritation.
  7. (transitive) To entice, tempt.
  8. (transitive, informal) To show as forthcoming, in the manner of a teaser.
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tease (plural teases)

  1. One who teases.
  2. A single act of teasing.
  3. One who deliberately arouses others (usually men) sexually with no intention of satisfying that arousal.
    Synonyms: cock tease, cocktease, cockteaser, prickteaser

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