- to irritate or provoke with persistent petty distractions, trifling raillery, or other annoyance, often in sport.
- to pull apart or separate the adhering fibers of (wool or the like), as in combing or carding; comb or card, as wool; shred.
- to ruffle (the hair) by holding it at the ends and combing toward the scalp so as to give body to a hairdo.
- to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; teasel.
- Also teaser. Television Slang. a short scene or highlight shown at the beginning of a film or television show to attract the audience's attention.
- to provoke or disturb a person or animal by importunity or persistent petty annoyances.
- a person who teases or annoys.
- the act of teasing or the state of being teased.
Origin of tease
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Examples from the Web for teasing
After some teasing and talking, Mulvehill writes that she is “hesitant” but they start kissing.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
The teasing is so common that is has been accepted as “the standard ginger bullying” by those who Knights has encountered.Redheads Are Sexy, Dammit!
September 2, 2014
So all day I was teasing her, telling her she should change her band name to Little Bald Beth.Norman Reedus: Daryl Doesn’t Need Romance, ‘The Walking Dead’ Isn’t About Erections
March 13, 2014
Vladimir Putin draws on his background as a master spy, testing and teasing the new regime in Kiev and its backers in Washington.Putin’s Shadow Shock Troops Roil Ukraine
February 28, 2014
The pair traveled to Penn Hills at least a dozen times over three months, teasing out the nuances and former life of the property.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners
December 16, 2013
It suited his whim, and it did more than that: it gave him a chance to speak to her in his teasing way.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Napoleon flushed with anger, enraged both at the intrusion and the teasing.The Boy Life of Napoleon
No; the spirit of a lion is not to be roused by the teasing of an insect.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
She smiled faintly, vaguely, tolerantly, as if she enjoyed his pleasure in teasing her.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
"I know," answered Bart, for he had a habit of teasing his sister.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- to annoy (someone) by deliberately offering something with the intention of delaying or withdrawing the offer
- to arouse sexual desire in (someone) with no intention of satisfying it
- to vex (someone) maliciously or playfully, esp by ridicule
- (tr) to separate the fibres of; comb; card
- (tr) to raise the nap of (a fabric) with a teasel
- Also: backcomb US and Canadian to comb the under layers of (the hair) towards the roots to give more bulk to a hairstyle
- (tr) to loosen or pull apart (biological tissues, etc) by delicate agitation or prodding with an instrument
- a person or thing that teases
- the act of teasing
Word Origin and History for teasing
"one who teases," 1852, from tease (v.). Specifically as short for cock-teaser, it was in use by 1976.
Old English tæsan "pluck, pull apart" (fibers of wool, flax, etc.), from West Germanic *taisijanan (cf. Danish tæse, Middle Dutch tesen, Dutch tezen "to draw, pull, scratch," Old High German zeisan "to tease, pick wool").
The original sense is of running thorns through wool or flax to separate, shred, or card the fibers. The figurative sense of "vex, worry, annoy" emerged 1610s. For similar sense development, see heckle. Hairdressing sense is recorded from 1957.
- To separate the structural parts of a tissue, as with a needle, in order to prepare it for microscopic examination.