What is the meaning of tease?


  • Someone given to teasing (as by mocking or stirring curiosity.
  • A seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men.
  • The act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances.
    • usage: "he ignored their teases"; "his ribbing was gentle but persistent"


  • Annoy persistently.
    • usage: "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  • Harass with persistent criticism or carping.
    • usage: "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"
  • To arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them.
    • usage: "The advertisement is intended to tease the customers"; "She has a way of teasing men with her flirtatious behavior"
  • Tear into pieces.
    • usage: "tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
  • Raise the nap of (fabrics. )
  • Disentangle and raise the fibers of.
    • usage: "tease wool"
  • Separate the fibers of.
    • usage: "tease wool"
  • Mock or make fun of playfully.
    • usage: "the flirting man teased the young woman"
  • Ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect.
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APAWordNet. (2010). tease. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/tease/definitions/1190442
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