Definitions of tease

  1. To comb or card, as wool or flax.
  2. To stratch, as cloth, for the purpose of raising a nap; teasel.
  3. To tear or separate into minute shreds, as with needles or similar instruments.
  4. To vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass, annoy, disturb, or irritate by petty requests, or by jests and raillery; to plague.
  5. To comb or unravel, as wool or flax; to separate the fibers of; to roughen, as cloth, with a teasel; annoy; to persist in making petty requests of or to; to vex by good- natured ridicule.
  6. To comb or card, as wool: to scratch, as cloth: to raise a nap: to vex with importunity, jests, etc.: to torment, irritate.
  7. To comb or card; to vex; plague.
  8. To vex by petty annoyances; annoy; fret; harass; importune persistently.
  9. To comb or card, as wool.
  10. annoy persistently; " The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  11. 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"
  12. disentangle and raise the fibers of; " tease wool"
  13. offer and withdraw
  14. raise the nap of ( fabrics)
  15. tear into pieces; " tease tissue for microscopic examinations"
  16. To comb or card, as wool or flax; to scratch, as cloth in dressing; to vex with importunity or impertinence; to harass; to annoy.
  17. To comb or card, as flax or wool; to raise and dress the nap of cloth; to reduce to shreds or fragments.
  18. To annoy for the purpose of provocation; to vex by petty requests, or by impertinent importunities; to annoy; to plague; to irritate.
  19. a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
  20. ruffle ( one's hair) by combing towards the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
  21. mock or make fun of playfully; " the flirting man teased the young woman"
  22. separate the fibers of; " tease wool"
  23. 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"
  24. One who teases or plagues.
  25. A teaser.
  26. The act of teasing.
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