a burlesque act in which a dancer removes garments one at a time to the accompaniment of music.

verb (used without object), strip·teased, strip·teas·ing.

to do a striptease.

Origin of striptease

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; strip1 + tease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of striptease

  • Something that apparently hadn't bothered her mind since the day of her striptease.


    Winston Marks

  • Striptease has moved from the back alleys of bigoted enjoyment into movie theaters, museums, prime time television, the Internet.

British Dictionary definitions for striptease



  1. a form of erotic entertainment in which a person gradually undresses to music
  2. (as modifier)a striptease club
Derived Formsstripteaser, noun

Word Origin for striptease

from strip 1 + tease
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Word Origin and History for striptease

1936, from strip (v.) + tease (n.). Related: Stripteaser (1930).

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