- 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 teasingly
The Dukes of Hazzard were masters of button-popped shirts, teasingly open.Jude Law and the Great Male ‘He-Vage’ Crisis
May 20, 2014
They exchanged long hugs, kidded each other, teasingly pulled rank, and shouted “hooah,” the warrior expression of approval.Black Hawk Down’s Long Shadow
October 9, 2013
Her husband, director of corporate wholesale for an automotive group, teasingly calls her crazy, but supports her fully.Meet Mariann From Brooklyn, Howard Stern’s Biggest Fan
February 28, 2013
It's No 'Schmoopie' Barack teasingly calls Michelle “Flotus”—her official acronym (first lady of the United States).The Obamas' More Perfect Union
The Daily Beast
October 29, 2009
In fact, it teasingly suggests that Vanderbilt's a real softie.Gloria Vanderbilt Gets Kinky
June 23, 2009
Yesterday she had teasingly boasted to Katherine that Austin was in love with her.Viviette
William J. Locke
"You talk like a veritable schoolmaster," laughed Mrs. Allan, teasingly.Highacres
But I chose to take it otherwise, teasingly, because we were often like a pair of children.The Arrow of Gold
"I think you kind of liked that fellow," said Roscoe teasingly.Tom Slade with the Colors
Percy K. Fitzhugh
"Ted is afraid that Madame will make her toe the mark," Hubert said teasingly.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
- 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 teasingly
"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.